Actresses, CEO's among those arrested in college admissions scam

Felicity Huffman right and William H. Macy attend the Netflix 2019 Golden Globes After Party in Los Angeles on Jan. 6 2019

Some of the other universities targeted in the scam include Yale, Stanford and Georgetown.

On Tuesday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation accused Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli of agreeing to pay $500,000 in bribes in exchange for having Olivia Jade and her sister, Isabella Rose, designated as recruits for the USC crew team.

Huffman and her spouse, for example, made a $15,000 charitable donation to Singer's foundation "to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her oldest daughter", the indictment states. News has confirmed that 13 defendants were taken into custody this morning in the Los Angeles area, including defendant Huffman. The FBI and US attorney's office in Boston held a press conference this morning to provide more information in the case.

Deadline is also reporting the organization also tried to make contacts with coaches to admit the students as athletes, even if the students were not even athletes.

A total of 50 people, including parents and coaches, are embroiled in what's being called the largest-ever admissions bribery case.

Huffman, an Academy Award nominee, has been charged with felony conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, according to court paperwork filed Monday in federal court in ma.

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The mastermind behind the plot, William "Rick" Singer, has pleaded guilty in the case and is cooperating with authorities.

Prosecutors allege that the famous couple first signed up to the scheme for their older daughter, Isabella Rose, after Singer said her grades were at or just below the "low end" of USC's admission standards, according to court documents.

She answered "yes" to several questions from the federal magistrate, including whether she understood the charges against her.

On a call with a wealthy parent, prosecutors said, Singer summed up his business thusly: "What we do is help the wealthiest families in the USA get their kids into school.my families want a guarantee".

Also charged is former Yale University women's soccer coach Rudolph "Rudy" Meredith, who is accused of accepting payments from parents of college applicants. Her husband, actor William H. Macy, sat in court as the magistrate ordered her free on $365,000 bail.

International Business Times' request for comments from Loughlin and Huffman have not been returned. Authorities have not said why Macy wasn't charged. "For every student admitted through fraud, an honest and genuinely talented student was rejected". We were always like, 'You know what?

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