Actress Lori Loughlin surrenders as college admissions fallout spreads

14 March, 2019, 06:55 | Author: Dominic Spencer
  • Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin

On Tuesday evening, the actress was arrested for her presumed role in the scandal, as armed Federal Bureau of Investigation agents escorted her from her Los Angeles home.

The consequences of Felicity Huffman's alleged actions in the shocking college admissions scam just became real.

Ms Huffman, a former best actress Oscar nominee, who is married to fellow actor William H Macy, starred in the ABC TV series Desperate Housewives.

Some of the children were reportedly aware of the scheme but none have been charged.

Following the arrest, Deadline reports the actress has been released on bail having to pay a $250,000 bond and surrendering her passport whilst also staying at the Los Angeles courthouse for the time being.

Dressed in a blue fleece paired with black trousers, Huffman appeared downcast as she waited by an elevator in the building with what appeared to be two federal agents.

Huffman is accused of paying $15,000 to the Key Worldwide Foundation, the organization allegedly at the center of the scam, in exchange for them doctoring her daughter's SAT exam to make sure she got a high score.

Actress Lori Loughlin is facing the same charges as Huffman.

Huffman was in custody in Los Angeles, along with 11 others. Macy was not charged, but authorities did not say why.

Actress Lori Loughlin will be allowed to return to Vancouver to complete her contracted work on various Hallmark Channel projects.

In particular, the coaches worked at such schools as Yale, Stanford, Georgetown, Wake Forest, the University of Texas, the University of Southern California and the University of California at Los Angeles, faking profiles of the applicants, regardless of their actual abilities in sports.

"I was essentially buying or bribing the coaches for a spot", Singer said as he pleaded guilty to charges including racketeering, money laundering and obstruction of justice.

No students were charged, with authorities saying that in many cases the teenagers were unaware of what was going on.

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

Several defendants, including Huffman, were charged with conspiracy to commit fraud, punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Many other cases involved photo fraud, according to Lelling.

Prosecutors said it was up to the universities to decide what to do with students admitted through cheating. Stanford fired the sailing coach, and USC dropped its water polo coach and an athletic administrator.



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