Houstonians indicted in nationwide college admissions scandal

Heather Diaz
March 13, 2019

They are accused of conspiring with Springer to beat the system and ensure the students were admitted or had a better chance to be admitted to certain colleges or universities, including Yale, Stanford, Texas, UCLA, USC, Wake Forest and others.

Loughlin and Huffman were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud.

Also, authorities say the consulting company also bribed administrators to let a man take college entrance exams on behalf of students or replace their answers with his.

American government lawyers on Tuesday charged 49 people in a $25-million plot to reportedly buy admission to top colleges.

In others, college coaches were bribed into accepting students knowing they didn't have the athletic credentials required for admission as a student-athlete.

Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are among dozens of people charged Tuesday in a nationwide college admissions cheating scandal, accused of paying up to $6 million to get their kids into elite schools.

Court documents said Huffman paid $15,000 that she disguised as a charitable donation, so her daughter could partake in the college entrance cheating scam.

Loughlin portrayed Rebecca Donaldson in the iconic ABC sitcom Full House, and later reprised the character for Netflix's sequel series, Fuller House.

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The former LSU Tiger said it was " extremely important " for him to remain with the Texans at the conclusion of the 2018 season. He only played seven games in 2017 as he battled an ongoing foot injury, and he finished that season on injured reserve.

"The alleged scam centered around a man in California who ran a business helping students get into the college of their choice".

Wealthy parents paid Singer up to $75,000 for "someone to take the test for their child or correct the exam afterward", Lelling said.

The firm also allegedly created detailed fake athletic profiles for students - including photo-shopping the faces of potential students on to pictures of athletes found online - allowing students to be recruited on athletic scholarships.

Court papers say a cooperating witness met with Huffman and her husband at their Los Angeles home and explained the scam to them.

Loughlin and Huffman (as well as Macy) have yet to issue a statement or comment upon the charges. "Thereafter, the Giannullis agreed.to use bribes to facilitate her admission to USC as a recruited crew coxswain, even though she did not row competitively or otherwise participate in crew", prosecutors wrote in the indictment.

Singer was scheduled to plead guilty Tuesday afternoon to charges of racketeering, money laundering, conspiracy to defraud the United States and obstruction of justice.

Then he'd ask parents to pay $200,000 to his charity as payment, some of which would also be given to the coaches or sports programs.

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