A big handful of people, along with some high-profiled Hollywood names, have been charged in connection with a college entrance exam scandal. Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are only two of the people that have been named by prosecutors in a massive college admissions scam that has rocked some of the biggest universities nationwide.
According to NBC News, the scam involved some people helping college-bound students cheat on their college-entrance exams. They also bribed university administrators and coaches to recruit students as athletes, despite the fact that many of them have never played a sport before in their lives. The criminal complaint was first filed by the FBI in Boston.
The documents filed with the complaint say that the cheating was facilitated “in some cases by posing as the actual students, and in others by providing students with answers during the exams or by correcting their answers after they had completed the exams."
In addition, many of the parents of the students had helped arrange some of the bribing and cheating with the hopes that their children would be admitted to some of the biggest and prestigious universities in the nation. In many cases there were photos of students playing sports, although most of them were staged. Some of the photos even had applicants photo-alter their heads onto the bodies of real athletes.
Records showed that between 2011 and 2018, about $25 million dollars were paid in bribes to college recruiters and coaches. Some of the schools that have been named in the complaint include Yale, Stanford, UCLA, Georgetown, the University of San Diego, Wake Forest, the University of Texas, and the University of Southern California. So far there are no indications that state any of the listed schools have been involved with the fraudulent charges.
Prosecutors say that the scheme was spearheaded by a person by the named William Rick Singer. He is the founder of a for-profit college preparation business that is based in Newport Beach, California.
Reports say that Lori Loughlin, who is best known for her role in Full House, and Felicity Huffman of Desperate Housewives fame were charged with conspiracy to commit mail and honest services fraud.
So far representatives for both actresses have not made any public comments about the allegations.