Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin Indicted in College Entrance Exam Scandal
"Desperate Housewives" alum Felicity Huffman and "Fuller House" star Lori Loughlin are among dozens of people who have been indicted for allegedly paying bribes to get their children into elite colleges, including Yale and Stanford.
The actresses, several NCAA Division 1 college coaches, and others have also been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.
The scam was allegedly run by a man in California who ran a college-counseling agency nicknamed “the Key.” The service would accept payments from parents and direct their money to an SAT or ACT administrator, or a college athletic coach who would designate applicants as athletic recruits regardless of ability. The money for the payments allegedly was funneled through a charity.
Many of the children were unaware of their parents' activities.
Huffman is accused of paying a $15,000 bribe through the charity. The actress allegedly met with a confidential witness who offered to proctor her daughter's SAT test and correct the answers afterward. She allegedly discussed doing the same thing for her youngest daughter, though the documents show Huffman didn't go through with it.
(The documents refer to Huffman's spouse, "Shameless" star William H. Macy, but he is not among the indicted.)
Loughlin and husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are accused of paying $500,000 to USC in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the college's crew team, though they did not row crew.