Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Dozens implicated in U.S. university admissions fraud

Dozens implicated in U.S. university admissions fraud

Her husband, the designer Mossimo Gianulli, is also charged with fraud, and appeared in court in Los Angeles on Tuesday before being released on $1 million bail.

The scandal also ensnared movers and shakers in the corporate world.

The ringleader of the scheme was named as William Singer, owner of Key Worldwide Foundation and a company called Edge College & Career Network.

Mr Meredith, who accepted a $400,000 bribe from Mr Singer, is due to plead guilty, prosecutors said.

Huffman is reportedly set to appear in a Boston court later this month for a preliminary hearing.

Thirty-three parents, including actor Lori Loughlin, were charged, as well as 13 coaches and associates of Singer's business.

Among the alleged offences: six-figure bribes paid to college athletic coaches to vouch for applicants who may not have even competed in those sports, the use of stand-ins to take the all-important SAT and ACT entrance exams, and payments directed to test administrators to correct answers before submission.

Some parents spent hundreds of thousands of dollars, as much as $6.5 million, to guarantee their children's admission, officials said.

U.S. attorney Andrew Lelling said: "These parents are a catalogue of wealth and privilege".

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At least nine athletic coaches and 33 parents were charged. Dozens, including Huffman, the Emmy-winning star, were reportedly arrested by midday.

Huffman was detained on Tuesday, but released on a $250,000 bond.

Standing before the judge, Huffman made it clear she understood the charges before her.

Actor William H. Macy arrives at the federal courthouse in Los Angeles, on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.

The Desperate Housewives star and Loughlin - along with approximately 40 others - have been charged with involvement cheating and fraud scandal, which has been labelled as the "largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice". Macy was not charged; authorities did not say why.

Actress Lori Loughlin will be allowed to return to Vancouver to complete her contracted work on various Hallmark Channel projects.

Loughlin is now filming a TV movie in B.C. for Hallmark Channel, where she has been a mainstay since 2013.

The coaches worked at schools such as Yale, Stanford, Georgetown, Wake Forest, the University of Texas, the University of Southern California and the University of California at Los Angeles.

John Vandemoor, a former Stanford University sailing coach, is also scheduled to plead guilty to racketeering conspiracy charges.

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