U.S. college admissions scam leaves Hollywood stars, wealthy parents facing the fallout

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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". Loughlin's husband Mossimo Giannulli was arrested Tuesday morning without incident.

Mr Giannulli was released on $1 million bail. In October, Huffman was recorded by the Federal Bureau of Investigation allegedly discussing participating in the same scheme for her younger daughter; however, she did not ultimately pursue it.

This makes ideal sense, as actress Felicity Huffman was arrested at gunpoint over the matter, while Full House star Lori Loughlin's television career (and Twitter feed) have become ample grounds for rethinking.

Lori Loughlin may be able to continue filming her various shows despite her arrest on Wednesday for alleged mail fraud as part of a college admissions bribery scheme.

Loughlin and Huffman are just two of 50 individuals who have been indicted for paying up to $6 million to secure their children spots in top college universities in the nationwide scandal.

The Fuller House actress and her husband allegedly paid $500,000 to have both of their daughters, Bella and Olivia, recruited for the crew team, a sport which they apparently don't play, at USC.

Other prominent parents charged by the Boston U.S. attorney's office include Felicity Huffman, the actress who starred in "Desperate Housewives"; Gordon Caplan, the co-chairman of global law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher; and Bill McGlashan Jr., who heads a buyout investment arm of private equity firm TPG Capital.




Loughlin became famous as the wholesome Aunt Becky in the 1980s and '90s sitcom "Full House".

The conspiracy allegedly included bribing entrance exam administrators to allow test takers to take exams in the place of students or to correct students' answers, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of MA.

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).

In the meantime, many other celebs have taken to social media to either criticise and condemn the parents or roast them over the scandal. None of the children were charged on Tuesday.

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

"Very proud of my honest, hardworking sons", actor Rob Lowe tweeted, alongside a throwback photo that his 24-year-old son, John, shared upon graduating from Stanford University, while Lena Dunham added: "All the people involved in this college scam should have gathered their money and started a small elite college where Lori Loughlin teaches a class on smiling..."

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