Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman are two actresses named among the 50 people involved in what's being called the biggest college admission scam in history. Huffman posted a US$250,000 bond after an appearance in federal court in Los Angeles. Huffman and her husband, actor William H. Macy, 69, have two daughters together, Sofia, 18, and Georgia, 16.
Loughlin was out of town at the time due to filming but has since turned herself in to authorities.
Huffman (of "Desperate Housewives" fame) and Loughlin (Aunt Becky from "Full House") were among the 33 parents indicted on Tuesday by the Department of Justice in what was dubbed 'Operation Varsity Blues.' It is the largest college cheating scheme ever prosecuted by the DOJ.
The largest college admissions fraud scam unearthed in U.S. history was run out of a small college preparation company in Newport Beach, California, that relied on bribes, phoney test takers and even doctored photos depicting non-athletic applicants as elite competitors to land college slots for the offspring of rich parents, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors said the scheme began in 2011 and also helped children get into the University of Texas, Georgetown University, Wake Forest University and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
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Federal prosecutors in Boston charged William "Rick" Singer, 58, with running the scheme through his Edge College & Career Network, which charged up to $2.5 million per child for the services, which were masked as contributions to a scam charity. The talk show host expressed her "disgust" over Loughlin and Huffman's actions, and even admitted that she believes their children were in on it.
In the meantime, many other celebs have taken to social media to either criticise and condemn the parents or roast them over the scandal. Prosecutors in the USA attorney's office in Boston say his company, Edge College & Career Network, amassed $25 million through the fraud. She has lately become the queen of the Hallmark Channel with her holiday movies and the series "When Calls the Heart".
Several defendants, including Huffman, were charged with conspiracy to commit fraud, punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
The colleges themselves are not targets, the prosecutor said.
No students were charged, with authorities saying that in many cases the teenagers were unaware of what was going on. A former Yale soccer coach had pleaded guilty before the documents went public and helped build the case against others.