Consulting company founder pleads guilty to running college admissions bribery scheme

Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman

Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman

Others facing charges are the former women's soccer coach at Yale, the senior associate athletic director at the University of Southern California, the women's volleyball coach at Wake Forest University, and the sailing coach at Stanford.

Singer was paid roughly $25 million by parents to help their children get in to schools, the USA attorney said.

Parents would pay Singer to have someone take an SAT or ACT exam for their child or correct the test afterward, Lelling said.

According to documents which have been unsealed, as reported by the BBC, Felicity Huffman made a "charitable contribution" of $15,000 (£11.5k) on behalf of her eldest daughter.

As for Loughlin, she and her husband allegedly agreed to bribes totalling an eye-popping $500,000 to have their two daughters pretend they were recruits to the USC crew team.

"Singer worked with the parents to fabricate impressive athletic profiles for their kids", Lelling said, adding that in some cases students faces were placed, using the image editing program Photoshop, onto the bodies of athletes.

More than 200 law enforcement officials were involved in Operation Varsity Blues, arresting over 50 people in six states on both coasts, authorities said at the press conference.

Federal prosecutors in Boston charged William (Rick) Singer, 58, with running the racketeering scheme through his Edge College & Career Network, which served a roster of clients, including CEOs and Hollywood actors.

According to a report from the BBC, Huffman was charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

Authorities say the coaches accepted bribes in exchange for admitting students as athletes, regardless of their ability. "Why is everything so weird now", another person said.

Federal court records unsealed Tuesday in Boston name 50 people who have been indicted as part of the nationwide scheme, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in MA.

Messages seeking comment have been left with representatives for Huffman and Loughlin.

Those charged in the case allegedly paid bribes of up to $6 million to get their children into college.

Along with the parents, coaches and administrators of college entrance exams were also arrested.

Felicity Huffman (L) and William H. Macy attend the 70th Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

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