Lori Loughlin among dozens charged in college exams
In what is being called the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted, wealthy parents, Hollywood actresses, coaches and college prep executives have canada goose black friday sale been accused of carrying out a nationwide fraud to get students into prestigious universities, according to a federal indictment.
The scheme had two major pieces. In the first part, parents allegedly paid a college prep organization to take the test on behalf of students or to correct their answers. Second, the organization allegedly bribed college coaches to help admit the students into college as recruited athletes, regardless of their abilities, Canada Goose sale prosecutors canada goose jacket outlet said.
In all, 50 people were charged in the canada goose outlet new york city criminal investigation that went by the name Varsity Blues. Those arrested include two SAT/ACT administrators, one exam proctor, nine coaches at elite schools, one college administrator and 33 parents, according to Andrew Lelling, the US attorney for Massachusetts.
The parents, Lelling said, were a of wealth and privilege, including actors, CEOs, a fashion designer and the co chairman of a global law firm.
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Coaches from Yale, Stanford, the University of Southern California, Wake Forest and Georgetown, among others, are implicated in the case. The extensive case involved arrests in six states across the country.
The criminal accusations stretch from 2011 to 2019.
Actresses are allegedly on tape discussing scheme
Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are not just Canada Goose Jackets the most famous names in the case; their cases represent the two Canada Goose online major aspects of the alleged scheme.
Huffman, an Academy Award nominee, has been canada goose outlet toronto factory charged with cheap canada goose 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 without incident at her home, the FBI canada goose outlet said.
She appeared Tuesday in a federal court in Los official canada goose outlet Angeles and a judge set bond for her at $250,000. Under canada goose outlet nyc the terms of her bond, Huffman also surrendered her passport.
Her next court date has been set for March 29 in Boston.
Best known for her role on TV Housewives, Huffman is accused of paying $15,000 to William Rick Singer fake charity, the Key Worldwide Foundation, to facilitate cheating for her daughter canada goose uk outlet on the SATs, the complaint says. She received a goose outlet canada 1420 on her test, which was 400 points higher than a PSAT taken a year earlier without the same administrator, the complaint states.
Huffman, who is married to star William H. Macy, also discussed the scheme in a recorded phone call with a cooperating witness, the complaint says.
Loughlin, who played Aunt Becky on House, is facing the same felony charge conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. Her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, was also charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.
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Giannulli was arrested without incident, and the FBI served a warrant for Loughlin, but she canada goose factory outlet was not home at the time, an FBI spokesperson said. Loughlin was on a flight to Los Angeles where she was expected to surrender at the Central District Court later Tuesday, according to a law enforcement source.
Giannulli appeared in court Tuesday with a disheveled gray beard, wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt. He gave short answers as he acknowledged that he understood the charges against him.
A magistrate judge set a $1 million bond for Giannulli and ordered him to surrender his passport. Loughlin attorneys requested similar conditions for the uk canada goose actress even though she was not present in court.