Published: Tue, March 12, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

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

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

According to NBC News and ABC 11, at least 40 people, including some college coaches and two well-known actresses, have been charged in a widespread cheating scheme aimed at getting students into universities as recruited athletes.

The coaches indicted include Texas men's tennis coach Michael Center, a sailing coach at Stanford, a women's soccer coach at Yale, a tennis coach at Georgetown, several USC coaches, and a men's soccer coach at UCLA.

The plot allegedly involved parents paying bribes of up to $6 million, ABC News reported, in order to get their children into elite schools.

The U.S. Attorney's Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in the indictment released on Tuesday that the alleged scheme helped students gain acceptance to top schools by helping them cheat on college exams. "Huffman later made arrangements to pursue the scheme a second time, for her younger daughter, before deciding not to do so".

Prosecutors say the parents, including Ms. Huffman and Ms. Laughlin, bribed entrance exam administrators to facilitate cheating on the ACT and SAT tests to provide their children with answers during the exams.

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In Louglin's case, the actress and her husband allegedly paid Singer $500,000 to bribe USC officials into admitting their daughters as crew recruits even though neither participated in crew.

The documents also allege that some defendants created fake athletic profiles for students to make them appear to be successful athletes.

William "Rick" Singer of Newport Beach, California - is charged with racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy and obstruction of justice. In others, college coaches were bribed into accepting students knowing they didn't have the athletic credentials required for admission as a student-athlete. Dozens, including Huffman, were arrested by midday Tuesday. Loughlin and Huffman did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment.

In more than 200 pages of federal documents, investigators detail the alleged actions of all the defendants facing charges. U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said those involved paid Singer $25 million total as part of the scheme. Presumably the reason Huffman is being charged and not Macy as well is because Huffman is the one they have recorded phone calls of.

Ms. Huffman, and her husband, actor William H. Macy, allegedly donated $15,000 to Mr. Singer's charity in exchange for for helping their daughter with her college admission, according to documents.

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