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Lori Loughlin & Others Indicted In Alleged Ivy League Bribery Scheme

Lori Loughlin & Others Indicted In Alleged Ivy League Bribery Scheme

In the wake of an alleged college admission cheating scam that involved elite universities and more than 50 people (including actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman), questions are being raised about the fate of those involved. If their parents were any smart, they would've just taken the traditional route and bribed colleges to accept their children by making huge donations directly to the school. It's a serious matter, but it's still undeniably amusing that the woman who played "Aunt Becky" on one of the most popular sitcoms of the '90s is implicated.

In court papers obtained from Massachusetts District Court, Loughlin, 54, and Desperate Housewives star Huffman, 56, were hit with arrest warrants for "conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud" on Monday.

Loughlin and her husband, fashion entrepreneur Mossimo Giannuli, allegedly paid $500,000 to have their two daughters designated as members of the USC rowing team, even though they did not row.

Their 19-year-old daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli, who has a popular YouTube channel, attends USC.

It was the latest in a series of scandals that have rocked the high-stakes, high-stress world of admissions to top colleges. Huffman and Loughlin were among those arrested, and were due to appear in federal court in Los Angeles later on Tuesday, prosecutors said.

Prominent business owners along with actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are listed as defendants in the alleged scam. Mossimo allegedly wrote to William Singer, who is accused of running the scam, in 2016. The indictment says the daughter was given twice the amount of time to take the SAT as other students and the paid proctor agreed to secretly correct her answers afterwards.

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When wealthy donors do things like donate a wing of a building or offer large gifts to a university, it's usually legal, Knowlton says.

"There can be no separate college admissions system for the wealthy and I will add there will not be a separate criminal justice system either", Lelling said at the press conference Tuesday.

"In many instances, the students taking the exams were unaware that their parents had arranged for this cheating", the Federal Bureau of Investigation said. None of the children were charged today.

John Vandemoor, a former Stanford University sailing coach, is also scheduled to plead guilty to racketeering conspiracy charges.

Later that day, Heinel allegedly left a voice message for Singer, saying she wanted to make sure that students "if questioned at the school that they respond in a [n] appropriate way that they are, walk-on candidates for their respective sports".

One of the cooperating witnesses, Rudy Meredith, was the head coach of the women's soccer team at Yale.


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