Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin Indicted in Ivy League Bribery Scheme


The racketeering conspiracy charges unveiled Tuesday were brought against the coaches at schools including Wake Forest University, Georgetown and the University of Southern California.

Loughlin, of Full House, and Huffman, of Desperate Housewives, were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud.

In some cases, college entrance exam administrators were paid off to allow a Florida man take the tests for the children of Singer's clients. Prosecutors alleged Huffman, Loughlin and 31 other parents from "wealth and privilege" paid a collective $25 million to get their children into colleges.

The objective of the alleged scam was to help student athletes get into college, regardless of their athletic ability, according to the indictment.

The indictees, including actors Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, allegedly paid bribes of up to $6 million to secure admission to their children into elite colleges, including Stanford, the University of Southern California, Yale, and Georgetown.

Felicity Huffman was arrested in connection with the college admission scam on Tuesday, but Lori Loughlin was reportedly not at home when federal agents tried to take her into custody.

Huffman is accused of paying $15,000 to an organization that then facilitated cheating for her daughter on the SATs, the indictment said.

A total of 50 people, including parents and coaches, are embroiled in what's being called the largest-ever admissions bribery case.

Federal authorities also charged current and former college coaches, administrators of college entrance exam, CEOs, and others in federal court.

The indicted also included "nine coaches at elite schools" who "pretend (ed) that certain applicants were recruited, competitive athletes, when in fact, the applicants were not", Lelling said.

William "Rick" Singer, the Newport Beach man who was the founder of the college consulting nonprofit The Key Worldwide Foundation, pleaded guilty Tuesday afternoon to conspiracy to commit racketeering, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud the United States and obstruction of justice. "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. She ended up scoring a 1420 - 400 points higher than she had gotten on a PSAT taken a year earlier, according to court documents. Prosecutors say payments were often disguised as charitable donations that were then funneled to the coaches and administrators.