Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin charged in college entrance bribery scheme

Loughlin at the Women's Cancer Research Fund's An Unforgettable Evening event in Beverly Hills Calif. on Feb. 27 2018 left and actress Felicity Huffman at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angel

Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are reportedly among the high-profile names charged in an alleged college admissions bribery scam against the coaches at schools including Wake Forest University, Georgetown and the University of Southern California. It's a serious matter, but it's still undeniably amusing that the woman who played "Aunt Becky" on one of the most popular sitcoms of the '90s is implicated.

The actresses are charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

Loughlin's fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli was also on the list, while Huffman's husband William Macy, the star of Showtime's "Shameless", was not, despite the indictment making clear he was partly involved in talks with Singer's operations.

Actress Lori Loughlin with daughters Isabella Rose Giannulli (L) and Olivia Jade Giannulli (R).

It was the latest in a series of scandals that have rocked the high-stakes, high-stress world of admissions to top colleges.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation affidavit outlining the charges, Huffman and Loughlin are among 50 defendants charged with a slew of alleged crimes to gain entrance for their children to universities like Yale, Stanford, the University of Southern California and Georgetown.

Court papers said a cooperating witness met with Ms Huffman and Macy at their Los Angeles home and explained to them that he "controlled" a testing centre and could have somebody secretly change her daughter's answers. Representatives for the other companies and for Huffman and Loughlin did not respond to requests for comment.

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Boston U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said at a press conference Tuesday that Singer used some of that money to bribe test administrators and college coaches.

When wealthy donors do things like donate a wing of a building or offer large gifts to a university, it's usually legal, Knowlton says. "And then I need you to get him into USC, and then I need you to cure cancer and [make peace] in the Middle East", Buckingham told an alleged conspirator in a transcript of a wiretapped phone call.

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

Singer facilitated the cheating by advising students to seek "extended time on the exams, including by having their children purport to have learning disabilities in order to obtain medical documentation that ACT", the indictment says.

Authorities said in many cases the students were not aware of the fraud.

None of the children were charged on Tuesday.

Also charged is former Yale University women's soccer coach Rudolph "Rudy" Meredith, who is accused of accepting payments from parents of college applicants.

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