Fallout from bombshell college admissions bribery scandal could take months to unfold

Fallout from bombshell college admissions bribery scandal could take months to unfold

Fallout from bombshell college admissions bribery scandal could take months to unfold

Some spent between $200,000 and $6.5 million to guarantee admissions for their children, FBI Special Agent Joseph Bonavolonta said.

Loughlin and Giannulli are scheduled to appear in court again in Boston on March 29.

William "Rick" Singer, 58, pleaded guilty to a variety of charges for organizing the scheme, which investigators dubbed "Operation Varsity Blues". She has lately become the queen of the Hallmark Channel with her holiday movies and the series "When Calls the Heart".

According to reports, the former "Desperate Housewives star was woken up at her Hollywood Hills home at approximately 6 a.m. Tuesday, March 12 when armed Federal Bureau of Investigation agents ordered her to surrender".

A judge set bond for Huffman, 56, at $250,000. The court agreed that she will be allowed to continue filming in Vancouver.

Loughlin is accused of paying Singer $500,000 to help cheat her daughters' way into the University of Southern California (USC) by bribing rowing coaches at the school to pretend the girls were gifted rowers. A college prep school director is charged, as is the director of exam-preparation company. Instead, they took her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, into custody, but he was released after posting $1 million bail.

'This case is about the widening corruption of elite college admissions through the steady application of wealth, combined with fraud, ' US Attorney Lelling said at a press conference after the affidavit was filed.

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The racketeering conspiracy charges unveiled Tuesday were also brought against the coaches at schools including Yale, Wake Forest University, Georgetown and the University of Southern California.

On Tuesday, ABC News reported that 50 individuals, including actresses Lori Loughlin (Full House) and Felicity Hoffman (Desperate Housewives), along with dozens of CEOs and other high ranking business executives, were charged in a wide-reaching college admissions scam, in which they allegedly gamed the system.

Huffman and several others were charged with conspiracy to commit fraud, punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Federal agents secretly recorded telephone calls with Huffman and a cooperating witness, according to the court papers, and also obtained emails from Loughlin allegedly implicating her in the scam, the documents state.

No students have been charged, with authorities saying that in many cases the teenagers were unaware of what was going on.

The report also claims that Huffman "later made arrangements to pursue the scheme for a second time" to help her youngest daughter through the admission process, but ultimately chose "not to do" so.

Many other cases involved photo fraud, according to Lelling. "Here, [the documents suggest that the FBI] has recordings of phone calls with Ms. Huffman discussing the arrangement, including how the organization planned to hide the $15,000 as a charitable donation".

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