Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman Among 40 Charged in College Admissions Bribery Scandal

Lori Loughlin Felicity Huffman

"These parents are a catalog of wealth and privilege", said U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling. Prosecutors accused one parent alone of forking over $6.5 million.

Lelling said it was the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice.

College coaches, including one longtime Yale coach, and others have been charged in a sweeping admissions bribery case unsealed in federal court. "Additionally, the university is reviewing its admissions processes broadly to ensure that such actions do not occur going forward", the statement read.

The investigation began when authorities received a tip about the scheme from someone they were interviewing in a separate case, Lelling said. "The university and its athletics programs have the highest expectations of integrity and ethical conduct".

The behavior described in this alleged fraud should be punished.

The complaint includes alleged emails between a cooperating witness and Giannulli in which the two discussed a "game plan" for his older daughter whose "academic qualifications were at or below the "low-end of USC's admission standards". Peter Jan Sartorio, president of the organic food maker Elena's Food Specialties, is also among the accused, as are venture capitalists Bob Zangrillo of Dragon Global, Manuel Henriquez of Hercules Capital, and private equity investor John Wilson. In tech circles the best-known of Singer's customers is TPG Growth founder Bill McGlashan, who was an early investor in Uber and Airbnb.

The two actresses charged are Felicity Huffman of "Desperate Housewives" and Lori Loughlin of "Full House".




In detailed narratives interspersed with email excerpts and phone transcripts, the feds paint college counselor William Singer as the ringleader of the pay-to-play enterprise. 'Beginning in or about 2011, and continuing through the present, the defendants - principally individuals whose high-school age children were applying to college - conspired with others to use bribery and other forms of fraud to facilitate their children's admission to colleges and universities in the District of MA and elsewhere.' the indictment said.

Authorities said the system robbed honest and genuinely talented students a chance to study at the elite schools. McGlashan also allegedly made a $250,000 donation to the school.

Singer allegedly had several strategies for getting clients' kids ahead of the pack. Often students were told to declare a disability that would require they be given extra time, often a second day, to complete the exams.

In other cases, he allegedly bribed proctors to alter test results.

As part of this, the company created a fake profile of their younger daughter that "would present [her] falsely, as a crew coxswain for the L.A. Marina Club team". In 2015, he agreed to work with Singer, according to the filing. "Maybe he'll become a kicker".

From there, things escalated in even more outrageous ways.

William "Rick" Singer leaves Boston Federal Court after being charged with racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud the United States and obstruction of justice on March 12, 2019.

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