Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin charged in college-entry scheme

Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin charged in college-entry scheme

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Lori Loughlin is best known for appearing on the ABC sitcom "Full House" from 1988-1995. She has made appearances on the Netflix sequel, "Fuller House," which debuted in 2016. (Twitter profile photo: @LoriLoughlin)

WASHINGTON — Television stars Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are among dozens charged in what federal prosecutors are calling the nation’s largest college-entry scam.

In a press conference Tuesday, U.S. Attorney of Massachusetts Andrew Lelling said William Singer of Newport Beach, Calif., operated a fake nonprofit aimed at providing assistance in the college application process.

In reality, Lelling alleged, Singer accepted $25 million from 33 parents — including the two television stars — to cheat the system.

“This case is about the widening corruption of elite college admissions through the steady application of wealth combined with fraud,” Lelling said.

According to the charging documents, Singer used his organization, dubbed The Key, to carry out a myriad of illegal activities — including bribing college coaches and administrators to accept students via their athletic programs, regardless of the students’ ability.

Singer is also accused of bribing test administrators to allow third-party individuals to take tests and attend classes on behalf of students, in some cases working to retroactively change SAT and ACT answers.

He also allegedly conspired with parents and school officials to provide fraudulent documents laying out fake test scores, athletic accomplishments and awards.

The money to fuel the purported scheme was funneled through a charity set up by The Key to avoid detection.

Lelling said Singer has agreed to plead guilty.

In total, 50 individuals have been charged, including two test administrators, one test proctor, nine coaches and three others accused of organizing the operation, which prosecutors say lasted from 2011 through the present. No students were charged, prosecutors said.

Huffman, who co-starred in ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” from 2004-2012 and won an Emmy for her role in 2005, is accused of paying $15,000 to rig her daughter’s SAT tests.

Felicity Huffman has appeared in more than 20 films as well as numerous TV shows and plays. (Twitter profile photo: @FelicityHuffman)

Loughlin, best known for her role on “Full House,” and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, allegedly paid $500,000 for two of their daughters to gain entry to University of Southern California through the university’s rowing team.

In addition to USC, students who benefited from the alleged scheme ended up being accepted to Georgetown University, University of California Los Angeles, University of San Diego, Stanford University, University of Texas at Austin, Wake Forest University and Yale University.

Prosecutors do not have evidence that the schools themselves were aware of the apparent conspiracy.

Huffman was reportedly arrested Tuesday morning.

Trump, who generally launches into celebrity news, has not yet commented. Donald Trump Jr., however, has tweeted.

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