According to an indictment filed on Tuesday by the United States Attorney for the District of MA, the actress, her husband Mossimo Giannulli and dozens of other parents - including Desperate Housewives vet Felicity Huffman - allegedly bribed college entrance-exam administrators to allow cheating on the tests and university athletic coaches to designate school applicants as athletic recruits, regardless of athletic ability or experience playing a sport.
"For every student admitted through fraud, an honest and genuinely talented student was rejected", Lelling said.
No students were charged, with authorities saying that in many cases the teenagers were unaware of what was going on.
Prosecutors have named 33 parents, 13 coaches, and associates of Mr Singer's business, but said the investigation continued and more parents and coaches could be charged. Prosecutors in the USA attorney's office in Boston say his company, Edge College & Career Network, amassed $25 million through the fraud.
William "Rick" Singer founder of the Edge College & Career Network, departs federal court in Boston on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, after he pleaded guilty to charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal.
Per the court orders, Huffman will surrender her passport and is required to seek pre-trial approval for any travel.
Dozens, including Huffman, the Emmy-winning star of ABC Studio's Desperate Housewives, were arrested by midday on Tuesday.
The alleged masterminds of the scam and the parents who paid into it could all face up to 20 years in prison if convicted. Macy was not charged; authorities did not say why.
Loughlin and Giannulli reportedly agreed to pay $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters recruited to be part of the University of Southern California crew team ― even though neither teen actually rowed.
One of the daughters, Olivia Gianulli, has become a prominent influencer on social media under the name "Olivia Jade".
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).
Stanford's sailing coach John Vandemoer pleaded guilty Tuesday in Boston.
The colleges themselves are not targets, the prosecutor said. Several of the coaches accused of accepting bribes have been fired, placed on leave or have resigned. A former Yale soccer coach reportedly pleaded guilty and helped build the case against others.
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