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Hollywood Celebs Accused in College Admissions Scam

Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman among those facing charges
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2019 10:25 AM CDT
Felicity Huffman, left, and William H. Macy are seen at ArcLight Hollywood on April 5, 2018.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
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(Newser) – A new scandal has emerged involving Hollywood celebs, but it's one you might not have expected. Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are among those accused of participating in college-admissions fraud on behalf of their children, reports NBC News. Essentially, wealthy parents used shady tactics including bribes, made-up sports histories, and entrance-exam cheating to get their kids accepted into top colleges, according to the indictment unsealed in Boston. The schools themselves are not accused of any wrongdoing. Huffman, married to William H. Macy, is best known for her role on Desperate Housewives and Loughlin for her role on Full House. About 50 people are accused, including college coaches and business executives.

CNN explains the basics of the scheme, which prosecutors say had two main components: "In the first part, parents allegedly paid a college prep organization to take the test on behalf of students or correct their answers. Secondly, the organization allegedly bribed college coaches to help admit the students into college as recruited athletes, regardless of their actual ability." The AP reports that coaches at Wake Forest University, Georgetown, and USC are among those named. Bribes ranged from a few thousand dollars up to a staggering $6 million, but all of the details of who paid what weren't immediately available. In Huffman's case, for example, the documents say she "made a purported charitable contribution of $15,000 ... to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her eldest daughter." (Read more college admissions stories.)

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