Felicity Huffman & Lori Loughlin Charged in College Exam Cheating Scandal

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Prosecutors say the alleged scam was run by a college admissions counselor in California named William Singer who used testing centers in Houston and California.

Parents charged include actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman.

Loughlin, star of "Full House" and "Fuller House", also is facing the same felony charge - conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

Along with the parents, coaches and administrators of college entrance exams were also arrested.

In some cases, Singer's associates created fake athletic "profiles" in an effort to improve the students chances of getting accepted by making them appear to be highly successful high school athletes.

The documents unsealed from the investigation - called Operation Varsity Blues - showed Tuesday that Yale women's soccer coach Rudy Meredith is alleged to have helped non-recruits get into the prestigious Ivy League school by claiming they were recruits.

U.S. Attorney for District of Massachusetts Andrew Lelling announces indictments in a sweeping college admissions bribery scandal, during a news conference, Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Boston.

The FBI has uncovered a nationwide college admissions scam with agents arresting 50 people, including famous actresses and CEOs.

For instance, Loughlin and her husband reportedly agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team, despite the fact that they weren't on any crew teams. The children, generally, did not realize their admission was due to a bribe.

Federal court records unsealed Tuesday in Boston name 50 people who have been indicted as part of the nationwide scheme, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in MA. Loughlin's husband, the designer Mossimo Giannulli, was also arrested, along with 30 other parents, nine college coaches, two SAT/ACT administrators, an exam proctor and a college administrator.

Much of the indictment revolves around William Rick Singer, the founder of a for-profit college counseling and preparation business known as "The Key".

None of the students were charged and most remain at the universities, he said.

Among those charged were several college coaches. The bribes ranged from "a few thousand dollars to up to 6 million".

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