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Hollywood actresses among dozens indicted in $25m U.S. college scam

13 March 2019

ICYMI: the actress is one of at least 40 others charged this morning in a massive bribery scam involving elite colleges in the United States, including Georgetown University, Stanford University, UCLA, the University of San Diego, USC, University of Texas, Wake Forest, and Yale.

The scam was allegedly coordinated by a man in California, who ran a business helping students get into the college of their choice.

Huffman, 56, and her husband William Macy, the star of Showtime's hit series "Shameless", paid $15,000 for their first daughter to perform well on the test, but decided not to do the same with their second daughter.

According to prosecutors, a cooperating witness told Huffman he controlled a testing center and would arrange for a third party to proctor her daughter's SAT and secretly correct her answers afterward. Huffman was arrested and released, with her attorney stating "she is not the kind of person who is going to become an global fugitive over this matter" in this Fox News report.

Huffman is accused of scheming with crooked college counselor William "Rick" Singer to illegally boost her daughter's SAT scores and secure her admission to college.

The largest college admissions fraud scam unearthed in U.S. history was run out of a small college preparation company in Newport Beach, California, that relied on bribes, phoney test takers and even doctored photos depicting non-athletic applicants as elite competitors to land college slots for the offspring of rich parents, prosecutors said. The charges include conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

She appeared Tuesday in a federal court in Los Angeles where a judge set bond for her at $250,000 and federal agents took her passport.

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The indictment was filed by the United States attorney for the District of MA, and the documents outlining the racketeering conspiracy charges were unsealed on March 12.

Official say they have emails from Loughlin.

He called it the biggest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the U.S. Justice Department. She became a star on "Full House", a standout hit of ABC's family-friendly TGIF lineup in the early 1990s, and appeared on the recent Netflix reboot "Fuller House".

It has been claimed the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have set out to arrest 46 individuals across the US, after uncovering a $25 million ($35 million AUD) fraud scheme which includes allegedly faking test scores. Their 19-year-old daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli, a social media star with a popular YouTube channel, is now at USC.

Rudy Meredith, who was the Yale women's soccer coach for 24 years, is accused of receiving $400,000 to accept a recruit despite knowing she did not play competitive soccer.

The co-operator told investigators that Huffman and her spouse "agreed to the plan".

Huffman was one of 13 people, including actress Lori Loughlin, taken into custody Tuesday in Los Angeles and Macy attended his wife's initial court appearance. Singer pleaded guilty and his lawyer, Donald Heller, said his client intends to cooperate fully with prosecutors and is "remorseful and contrite and wants to move on with his life".

Hollywood actresses among dozens indicted in $25m U.S. college scam