How the multimillion-dollar college admissions scam worked


Huffman, along with Fuller House actress Lori Loughlin and 48 other people, was accused of having taken part in the nationwide cheating scandal involving elite colleges and universities such as Yale, Georgetown, Stanford and the University of Southern California, PEOPLE confirms.

The parents allegedly paid people to take tests for their children, bribed test administrators to skew SAT results, and bribed college coaches to falsely claim they were gifted athletes, according to the court docs, which were unsealed on March 12. Meredith, who accepted a $400,000 bribe from Singer, is due to plead guilty, prosecutors said.

According to the court papers, 56-year-old Huffman also made arrangements to pursue the scheme a second time for their younger daughter Georgia, 16, but she allegedly changed her mind.

Celebrities: Actresses Loughlin and Felicity Huffman were named among the near-four dozen people implicated in the charges, Fox News reports.

The news came out of Boston on Tuesday morning, where TMZ sources shared Felicity has been arrested is already in custody.

The Academy Award nominee been charged with felony conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, according to court paperwork filed Monday in federal court in Massachusetts.She was arrested at her home, the FBI said.

Macy, who was not charged on Tuesday, recently told Parade that the college application process for Sophia, the eldest of the couple's two daughters, was pretty taxing.

Prosecutors allege that other fake athletic profiles were also made to make students look like strong high school athletes when they actually weren't.

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

Her husband, "Shameless" actor William H. Macy, was also at the courthouse in Downtown LA and remained tight-lipped about the charges.

The alleged masterminds of scam and parents who paid into it could all face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Lelling said the investigation is continuing and authorities believe other parents were involved.

None of the students were charged and most remain at the universities, he said.

Hollywood actress Lori Loughlin, who starred as Becky on the ABC sitcom "Full House", and her husband Mossimo Giannulli, the founder of clothing company Mossimo, were accused of paying $500,000 in bribes in 2016 and 2017 to have their two daughters designated as recruits to the University of Southern California crew team.

However, Lelling said the colleges were not involved in the plot.