San Diegans indicted in nationwide college admissions scandal

Esequiel Farfan
Marcha 13, 2019

Defendants with high school-aged children who were applying to college allegedly "conspired with others to use bribery and other forms of fraud to facilitate their children's admission to colleges and universities" in MA and elsewhere including Yale, Stanford, University of Texas, University of Southern California and UCLA. College coaches were also allegedly bribed to label applicants as athletic recruits. That tip then led to a sprawling, nationwide probe in which 50 parents and coaches have been charged.

"These parents are a catalog of wealth and privilege", Lelling said.

In many cases, the students were not aware that their parents had arranged for the cheating, prosecutors said, although in other cases they knowingly took part. The method of cheating was laid out in the indictment's description of his arrangement with Huffman.

In a 2018 video posted on her YouTube page, Loughlin's daughter, Olivia Jade, said she wasn't interested in school. Loughlin, 54, has not yet been arrested but her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, was released after posting a $1 million bond.

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The court documents also revealed that a cooperating witness met with Huffman and her husband, actor William H. Macy, at their Los Angeles home and explained to them that he "controlled" a testing center and could have somebody secretly change her daughter's answers, according to AP.

"Singer worked with the parents to fabricate impressive athletic profiles for their kids", Lelling said, adding that in some cases students faces were placed, using the image editing program Photoshop, onto the bodies of athletes. "I do not see the difference between getting a kid into school by bribing the Building Committee, and by bribing someone else". "The Giannullis agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team- despite the fact they did not participate in crew - thereby facilitating their admission to USC", the papers read.

Singer pleaded guilty to charges of racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud the United States and obstruction of justice. During the show's run, Huffman won an Emmy for her role, and was nominated for an Oscar for best actress for her role as a transgender woman in 2005′s "Transamerica".

Apparently, the Desperate Housewives alum knew that the arrest was looming and would have surrendered on her own if the events of this morning hadn't gone down. Loughlin appeared in the ABC sitcom "Full House".

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