Hollywood stars among dozens charged over college entrance scam


The payments ranged from $200,000 to $6.5 million, according to Andrew Lelling, the U.S. attorney in Boston, Massachusetts where the case was filed. The list also includes some Olympic sports coaches at the universities listed, and ABC reports that most of the students who benefited from this alleged scheme weren't aware of their parents' tactics. In some cases, the organization would even correct the students' answers.

Loughlin and her husband are among dozens of people that the Federal Bureau of Investigation says allegedly paid up to $6 million in bribes to ensure that their children were accepted to schools such as Yale and Georgetown.

Lelling said, via CNN: "This case is about the widening corruption of elite college admissions through the steady application of wealth combined with fraud".

Much of the indictment revolves around William Rick Singer, the founder of a for-profit college counseling and preparation business known as The Key. Both, said Ocasio-Cortez, are examples of how money can get you "in". The witness says that he explained to the couple how the scheme would work.

"Every year hundreds of thousands of hard-working, talented students strive for admission to elite schools", he said. Once the student was accepted to the school, her family paid $1.2 million.

The indictment was filed by the United States attorney for the District of MA, and the documents outlining the racketeering conspiracy charges were unsealed on March 12.

In the end, their older daughter Sofia Grace Macy's SAT score was 1420 - an improvement of 400 points on her PSAT a year earlier.

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Court documents said Huffman paid 15,000 dollars (£11,000) disguised as a charitable donation. As of Tuesday night, Loughlin had not yet turned herself in but was expected to appear in court on Wednesday as she was reportedly working outside the country at the time of the indictment, according to NBC News.

A follow-up court appearance for Loughlin has been set for March 29 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Loughlin, who played Aunt Becky on "Full House", faces the same felony charges.

Loughlin is accused of paying Singer $500,000 to help cheat her daughters' way into the University of Southern California (USC) by bribing rowing coaches at the school to pretend the girls were gifted rowers. She was handcuffed and taken into federal custody, where she remained for several hours and was then released on $250,000 bail.

CNN has contacted Iconix Brand Group, which owns Giannulli's namesake fashion company, Mossimo.

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).