Hypocrisy, privilege and bribes: Celebrities caught in college admissions fraud scandal

The elaborate scheme involved bribing the administrators of college entrance tests to allow a child's wrong answers to be corrected and bribing university athletic coaches to attest a child was a gifted athlete even if he or she was anything but.

Federal court records unsealed Tuesday in Boston name 50 people, including Huffman and Fuller House actress Lori Loughlin, who have been indicted as part of the alleged nationwide scheme, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in MA.

Prosecutors in the US attorney's office in Boston say his company, Edge College & Career Network, amassed $25 million through the fraud.

In the meantime, many other celebs have taken to social media to either criticise and condemn the parents or roast them over the scandal.

"For every student admitted through fraud, an honest and genuinely talented student was rejected", Mr Lelling said.

Fifty 50 parents and coaches were charged on Tuesday in a plot to get their children into schools including Georgetown, Stanford, UCLA, University of San Diego, USC, University of Texas, Wake Forest and Yale. It was no accident that none were immediately charged, US Attorney Andrew Lelling of MA said Tuesday.

Actress Lori Loughlin poses with her daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli, 28-02-2019.

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Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin Among Dozens Charged In Nationwide College Admissions Scheme

The actors were named among a group of 33 parents who allegedly paid millions to bribe coaches at elite universities to reportedly recruit their children and gain admission. Loughlin was expected to appear in federal court on conspiracy charges Wednesday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Lori Loughlin is allegedly flying to Los Angeles from Canada to surrender to authorities, where her husband Mossimo Giannulli is already in custody.

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.

He is accused of paying $200,000 to have someone else take his two sons' SATs in order to help get them into elite colleges. Huffman was arrested on Tuesday and released on a $250,000 bond.

"In October 2018, Huffman was recorded by the Federal Bureau of Investigation discussing participating in the same scheme for her younger daughter; however, she did not ultimately pursue it", the Times reported.

Prosecutors said one of the scam's ringleaders, William Rick SInger, went as far as taking "staged photographs" of the children playing sports and then adding their faces onto the bodies of other athletes with editing software.

Actress Felicity Huffman allegedly gave $15,000 "to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her oldest daughter", the indictment states.

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