College coaches among 50 indicted in college entrance exam scandal

Mar 13, 2019, 00:17
College coaches among 50 indicted in college entrance exam scandal

Among them were Oscar-nominated actress Felicity Huffman, best known for her starring role on TV show Desperate Housewives; actress Lori Loughlin, known for her work on the 80s comedy series Full House, and Loughlin's husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli.

Court papers said a co-operating witness met Huffman and her husband, actor William H Macy, at their Los Angeles home and explained the scam to them.

The goal of the alleged scam was to help student athletes get into college, regardless of their athletic ability, according to the indictment. The colleges listed include Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and the University of Southern California.

Rudy Meredith, who resigned last fall as the winningest women's soccer coach in Yale University history, was among nine coaches indicted.

Officials said most students involved were unaware of the scheme.

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The FBI said 13 defendants have been taken into custody in the Los Angeles area, including Huffman.

The world of college sports, extremely rich people, and shady business practices intersected in a magnificent way on Tuesday as federal prosecutors announced charges filed against 50 individuals in a massive college entrance fraud ring.

"Singer counseled parents to take their children to a therapist to get a letter" saying they had learning disabilities and needed extra time to complete the SAT or ACT, Lelling said.

Several high profile celebrities, CEOs and college coaches, were indicted on Tuesday for allegedly participating in a scheme "focused on getting students admitted to elite universities as recruited athletes, regardless of their athletic abilities, and helping potential students cheat on their college exams".

College coaches were also allegedly bribed to label applicants as athletic recruits.

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If you were an actress on an ABC sitcom that aired at some point in the 1990s, apparently the easiest way to get back in the news is to bribe college officials to let your undeserving kids get into school.

Court documents say an admissions consulting company in California was paid $25 million from 2011 through February 2019 to help facilitate the bribes.

Coaches are accused of taking bribes to admit students at schools including Wake Forest University, Georgetown University and the University of Southern California.

Court documents obtained by E!

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