TMZ: Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin indicted in college admissions bribery case

Two Nevadans have been charged in a nation-wide college admissions scam

The goal of the alleged scam was to help student athletes get into college, regardless of their athletic ability, according to the indictment. Actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman are listed among the high-profile chargings.

"To facilitate the scam, Singer counseled parents to take their children to a therapist and get a letter saying that because of purported learning disabilities or other issues, the child needed additional time to complete the ACT or the Saturday".

Prosecutors say the coaches were bribed to indicate students were being considered as athletic recruits, because universities "typically apply different criteria when evaluating applications from students with demonstrated athletic abilities".

The racketeering conspiracy charges were unsealed Tuesday against the coaches at schools including Wake Forest University, Georgetown and the University of Southern California (USC).

The alleged crimes are said to have taken place between 2011 and 2019, with arrests being made in six different USA states.

For instance, Loughlin and her husband reportedly agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team, despite the fact that they weren't on any crew teams.

According to court documents, some parents allegedly paid for someone to pose as their child to take entrance exams ― and even in classes, with those grades submitted as part of the college application.

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Actors Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were also named in the case.

Huffman's husband, Shameless star William H. Macy, was also allegedly involved. Huffman, the records say, made the donation to the company "on behalf or her oldest daughter".

Much of the indictment revolves around William Rick Singer, the founder of a for-profit college counseling and preparation business known as "The Key".

"For every student admitted through fraud, an honest and genuinely talented student was rejected", Mr Lelling said.

The payments ranged from $200,000 to $6.5 million, according to Andrew Lelling, the United States attorney in Boston, Massachusetts where the case was filed.

The charges stem from allegations that the accused paid large sums of money across several schools to bribe officials so they would accept their kids into prestigious colleges.

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