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Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman Among 40 Charged in College Admissions Bribery Scandal

Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman Among 40 Charged in College Admissions Bribery Scandal

Coaches, CEOs and celebrities are caught up in allegations that bribes were paid to get their children into top schools, including Yale, Stanford, USC, the University of Texas and Georgetown.

Loughlin and Huffman were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud.

- Bribing those administering college entrance exams to provide answers, change answers or allow someone other than the student to take the exam and centers "controlled" by the consultant.

Loughlin and Huffman are among at least 40 people indicted in a sweeping college admissions bribery scandal.

Prosecutors say this is the largest college admissions cheating scam ever prosecuted in the U.S. Those indicted allegedly paid bribes from $200,000 to up to $6 million each to get their children into the elite schools.

Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are two of the 33 parents and almost 50 people charged in the largest college admissions scandal ever prosecuted by the Justice Department.

Huffman, who is married to actor William H. Macy, arranged for her daughter to be granted extra time for her SAT exam by having her certified as having a learning disability. Huffman is perhaps best known for her role in ABC's Desperate Housewives and Loughlin ABC's Full House in the late 1980s and the more recent Fuller House.

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In a letter shared on Tuesday after court documents implicated four current and former USC athletics staff members among the 50 people charged in the FBI's investigation into the scandal, Austin addressed USC as "a victim".

Prosecutors are saying the scheme was orchestrated by William Rick Singer, who is the founder of a for-profit college preparation business based in California and disguised as a charity. In some cases, the lawyers said, Singer worked with parents to create false academic and athletic successes for the students, including putting student's faces on the images of real athletes in action.

He said he "controlled" an SAT testing site and could have a proctor "secretly correct her answers" after she took the test. Prosecutors said the parents agreed to the plan.

Singer entered a guilty plea in Boston federal court Tuesday to charges that included racketeering conspiracy and obstruction of justice.

"Full House" star Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli are accused of paying $500,000 as part of a bribery plot to help their daughters gain admittance to the University of Southern California. Some of the parents reportedly claimed the payment as charitable donations to lower their taxes.

Wake Forest University's Head Volleyball Coach Bill Ferguson was among those charged.