Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were among 50 people indicted by the Department of Justice in a massive college admissions bribery scheme.
Huffman, of “Desperate Housewives” fame, and Loughlin, of “Full House,” were among dozens of wealthy executives and attorneys charged in a “large-scale” bribery scheme to get their children into top colleges like Yale, Stanford, USC, and UCLA.
Prosecutors said that some students had someone take the SAT or ACT test for them or had a proctor go in and change their answers afterward. In other cases, sports coaches at elite schools were bribed to recruit teens onto their teams even if they did not play the sport in high school. Nine coaches and a college official were among those indicted.
According to charging documents, Huffman and husband William H. Macy made a fake $15,000 charitable donation to participate in the scheme on behalf of her daughter. Macy is not named in the indictment but is referred to as “spouse.”
Loughlin and her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, are charged with paying $500,000 to have their two children recruited onto the USC crew team though neither girl ended up on the team.
Huffman was arrested in armed raid:
FBI agents confronted Huffman at her home in a pre-dawn raid Tuesday, The Los Angeles Times reported.
Huffman was handcuffed at her door and spent hours in federal custody.
Huffman later made a court appearance where a judge freed her on $250,000 bail.
She is scheduled to appear in court on March 29.
Loughlin’s daughter bragged about not going to class:
A year before the scandal broke, Loughlin’s daughter, popular YouTuber Olivia Giannulli, bragged in a video that she was going to college to party and likely would not have much time to go to class.
“I don’t know how much of school I’m gonna attend,” the teen told her 2 million subscribers. “But I’m gonna go in and talk to my deans and everyone, and hope that I can try and balance it all. But I do want the experience of like game days, partying … I don’t really care about school, as you guys all know.”