Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are among 50 people, including CEOs and executives, arrested in a college admissions cheating scandal, according to multiple reports on March 12, which cite unsealed legal documents in Boston.
College coaches and others have been charged in a sweeping admissions bribery case unsealed in federal court. Authorities say the coaches accepted bribes in exchange for admitting students as athletes, regardless of their ability. Court records show the actresses and others allegedly paid hefty bribes - as much as $6 million - to get their kids into various schools, including Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and the University of Southern California.
Parents charged in the alleged scheme are accused of bribing an admissions consultant a total of $25 million between 2011 for the arrangement.
Also, federal authorities allege Huffman and her husband "made a purported charitable contribution of $15,000...to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her eldest daughter".
Loughlin's husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, is also charged.
According to prosecutors, a cooperating witness told Huffman he controlled a testing center and would arrange for a third party to proctor her daughter's SAT and secretly correct her answers afterward.
Loughlin, best known for playing Aunt Becky on "Full House" and its Netflix sequel "Fuller House", allegedly paid $500,000 to have her two daughters with Mossimo clothing founder Mossimo Giannullli designated as recruits for the USC crew team, despite not actually participating in crew. Huffman allegedly paid $15,000 for her oldest daughter and began the process for her second child but ultimately abandoned the plan because she was anxious a fixed score would "set off alarm bells".
The FBI reportedly recorded phone calls involving the celebrities and a cooperating witness.