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CEO, Wife Get Jail Time in College Admissions Scandal

Gregory and Marcia Abbott to each spend month in prison after paying $125K to fix daughter's tests

(Newser) - As Felicity Huffman prepares for her 14-day stay behind bars at the end of the month, more sentences are rolling in for the college admissions bribery scandal—and this time, it's both members of a couple who will see jail time. Gregory Abbott, the CEO of International Dispensing Corp.... More »

Before Prison Stint Starts, Some Good News for Huffman

Star's daughter Sophia won't be barred from taking new SAT after admissions bribery scandal

(Newser) - William H. Macy may be worried about wife Felicity Huffman, but at least there's one problem that's just been taken off the family's plate. TMZ reports that it looks like their daughter Sophia will be able to take a new SAT, which she'll need to get... More »

2nd Parent Gets Prison Time in College Admissions Scandal

CEO Devin Sloane paid $250K bribe

(Newser) - A Los Angeles businessman who paid a $250,000 bribe to have his son admitted to the University of Southern California as a water polo recruit is going to prison. Devin Sloane—whose son didn't even know how to play water polo, according to prosecutors—is the second parent... More »

Felicity Huffman Begs Judge for No Jail Time

Prosecutors recommend a month in jail, $20K fine for actress in college admissions bribery scandal

(Newser) - Felicity Huffman pleaded guilty in May to a charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud in the college admissions bribery scandal, and now the government has handed down its recommendation for her fate. CBS News reports that federal prosecutors on Friday called for a month... More »

Another College Admissions Scandal Is Exposed

Wealthy parents using loophole to nab financial aid for kids

(Newser) - There looks to be another college admissions scandal brewing. The Education Department and several universities are looking into reports of wealthy parents transferring legal guardianship of their children to friends or relatives so that only the children's earnings are considered on financial aid applications, reports the Wall Street Journal... More »

William H. Macy Wasn't With Felicity Huffman for Guilty Plea

Actress will be sentenced Sept. 13

(Newser) - Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman pleaded guilty Monday in the college admissions bribery scheme, the biggest name to do so in a scandal that has exposed the lengths to which some wealthy parents will go to get their children into top universities. The Emmy-winning actress, 56, could face prison time... More »

$6.5M College Bribery Mystery May Have Been Solved

Sources say Chinese parents paid to get daughter into Stanford

(Newser) - It was the big unanswered question in the college admissions bribery scandal—who paid $6.5 million , far more than any other parents, to get their kid into college? Sources tell the Los Angeles Times that the parents in question are those of Yusi Zhao, a Chinese student who was... More »

Prosecutors Want Felicity Huffman to Go to Prison

She faces 4- to 10-month sentence in college admissions bribery scandal

(Newser) - Prosecutors want to see Felicity Huffman admitted to prison for her role in the college admissions bribery scandal. They say the actress should serve between four and 10 months in federal prison for paying a consultant $15,000 to have her daughter's SAT answers altered, according to court documents... More »

Olivia Jade Is 'Very Angry' With Her Parents

Or so a source tells People magazine

(Newser) - Lori Loughlin's daughter wasn't exactly a babe in the woods when it came to the college admissions scandal, a source tells People . "She would have never gone along with it if she thought this would happen," the source says of Olivia Jade, whose USC admission allegedly... More »

House Sale 'Makes No Sense' —Until Admissions Scandal

Harvard investigating sale of coach's home to father of 2 students

(Newser) - The modest home on a quarter-acre lot in Needham, Mass., had been assessed at $549,300. When it sold for $989,500 in May 2016, Needham's top assessor was surprised to find it "in bad shape." Of the sale, he simply noted: "Makes no sense."... More »

Dr. Dre Deletes 'Strange Brag' About His Kid Getting Into USC

She got in 'on her own,' says dad who donated $70M

(Newser) - Dr. Dre is a proud man—his daughter, Truly Young, got into the University of Southern California, and unlike some other celebrity parents , he didn't have to pay somebody to bribe coaches or facilitate cheating on exams. But the hip-hop legend may have gone too far with what Mashable... More »

Stars in College Bribery Scandal Lawyer Up

Huffman, Loughlin hire high-powered Boston lawyers

(Newser) - Celebrity parents accused of trying to buy college admission for their children have bought themselves some top-notch legal representation. Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin have hired some of the most high-powered lawyers in Boston, where they have been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud in connection with the scandal,... More »

7 Jarring Quotes From College-Admissions Scandal

Including Felicity Huffman's light tone of 'ruh ro' about a glitch

(Newser) - The jarring college-admissions scandal is still reverberating, and some of the quotes cited in the affidavit continue to resonate as well. Here are 7 examples, gleaned from the Washington Post , the AP , Vox , Good Housekeeping , and others:
  • Felicity Huffman: “Ruh Ro!” the actress wrote in an email to
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His Story Is Antidote to College-Admissions Scandal

Once-homeless Dylan Chidick is accepted to 17 colleges, so far

(Newser) - Getting accepted to 17 colleges is an impressive feat for any high school student. It means something more to New Jersey's Dylan Chidick, considering the 17-year-old came to the US as an immigrant from Trinidad at age 7 and spent the next decade in and out of homelessness. Even... More »

Yale Dad Wore Wire to Expose Admissions Scam

Morrie Tobin sought leniency in securities fraud case: WSJ

(Newser) - The college admissions scandal might never have been revealed had a Los Angeles dad not been accused of securities fraud . Financial executive Morrie Tobin was being questioned about a scheme to inflate the price of owned stock and sell it at a profit when he told federal authorities that the... More »

College Entry Scandal Came From an Unexpected Tip

Financial exec in securities fraud probe told investigators of bribe request, hoping for leniency

(Newser) - In the wake of this week's massive college-admissions scandal comes the first, though likely not the last, lawsuit. Two Stanford students are suing their own university, along with Yale, USC, and other schools caught up in the mess, reports Bloomberg . They say they were denied entry to their first-choice... More »

Huffman's Friend David Mamet: Apply the 'Texas Verdict'

Writes that he sees no difference between 'bribing the building committee' or someone else

(Newser) - David Mamet and Felicity Huffman go way back. The playwright/director had her as a student decades ago, but their 35-year history is outpaced by that of Mamet and Huffman's husband, William H. Macy. The men have been friends nearly 50 years, and "I'm crazy about them both,... More »

Full House Episode 'Eerily Similar' to Real Life for Loughlin

'Aunt Becky' 'fessed up to scheme to get her kids into elite preschool in recently unearthed airing

(Newser) - First an awkward interview with William H. Macy resurfaced after his wife, actress Felicity Huffman, was indicted in a major college-admissions scandal. Now an episode of Full House has emerged that's sure to prove cringeworthy to actress Lori Loughlin, also indicted Tuesday. The Week reports that in early 1993,... More »

College Cheating Scandal Mastermind: I Created 'Side Door'

William Rick Singer pleads guilty on all charges

(Newser) - The mastermind of a college admissions cheating scandal that involved scores of wealthy parents admitted full responsibility in federal court Tuesday and pleaded guilty to charges that could send him to prison for up to 65 years. William Rick Singer, who pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, money laundering, tax conspiracy,... More »

Heads Roll at Schools After Admissions Scam Unveiled

Stanford, USC fire some who were charged

(Newser) - The college admissions scheme in which actresses Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman, and dozens of others are accused has already caused heads to roll at at least two of the involved colleges, CNN reports. Stanford University fired head sailing coach John Vandemoer just before he pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy in... More »

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