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Actress Lori Loughlin Posts $1 Million Bail in College Bribery Case

15 March 2019
Actress Lori Loughlin Posts $1 Million Bail in College Bribery Case

"Desperate Housewives" star Felicity Huffman and fellow Hollywood actress Lori Loughlin are among dozens indicted in a $25m scam to help their children cheat their way into top U.S. universities.

As an Emmy victor and Oscar nominee, Felicity Huffman has been known as one of Hollywood's more versatile actresses.

She didn't have to enter a plea and her release has been ordered, pending a $250,000 bail payment.

The two are among 50 people charged for taking part in the largest such scam in USA history, which the scheme's mastermind said in court documents steered some 800 students into elite universities including Yale, Georgetown and Stanford by cheating the admissions process. The indictment of wealthy Californians has provided ammunition for the Trump administration in its feud with the Hollywood elite. Giannulli was released Tuesday after posting a $1 million bond. "Full House", what's going to happen to Fuller House'?

Wendy Williams exploded with anger over Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman's involvement in what's being called the biggest college admissions scam in history, during her show on March 13.

Singer also arranged for parents to bribe university coaches to attest to a child being athletically gifted.

The conspiracy allegedly included bribing entrance exam administrators to allow test takers to take exams in the place of students or to correct students' answers, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of MA.

Loughlin, of Full House fame, and Huffman, whose credits include the hit ABC show Desperate Housewives, are charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

Singer pleaded guilty to charges related to running the scheme
Singer pleaded guilty to charges related to running the scheme

Her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, is also charged with fraud, and appeared in court in Los Angeles on Tuesday before being released on $US1 million bail. She has lately become the queen of the Hallmark Channel with her holiday movies and the series "When Calls the Heart".

Stanford's sailing coach John Vandemoer pleaded guilty Tuesday in Boston.

A former Yale soccer coach pleaded guilty before the documents went public and helped build the case against others.

The authorities said the scheme began in 2011 and helped children get into Yale University, the University of Southern California (USC), the University of Texas, Georgetown University, Wake Forest University and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Several of the colleges involved made no mention of taking any action against the students.

The Emmy victor, 56, was among 46 wealthy folk whom the authorities said had resorted to fraud, bribes and lies to get their children admitted to elite colleges.

If convicted on all counts, Singer could face up to 65 years in prison.

Lelling said the investigation is continuing and authorities believe other parents were involved.

The colleges themselves are not targets, the prosecutor said.