Actress Lori Loughlin in custody in connection with college admissions scandal

Actress Lori Loughlin in custody in connection with college admissions scandal

Actress Lori Loughlin in custody in connection with college admissions scandal

The mastermind of the $25 million college-admissions racket pitched his crooked services as a surefire way for wealthy parents to get their underqualified kids into some of the nation's top universities - and far more effective than making big-bucks donations to the schools without any guarantees.

Meanwhile, William "Rick" Singer, 58, was charged racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud USA and obstruction of justice for his alleged involvement in the scheme. E!

Loughlin is best known for her role as Aunt Becky in "Full House" while Huffman is known for her role on "Desperate Housewives". A source told ABC that Loughlin was in Canada filming a Hallmark Channel Original Movie.

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The largest college admissions fraud scam unearthed in U.S. history was run out of a small college preparation company in Newport Beach, California, that relied on bribes, phoney test takers and even doctored photos depicting non-athletic applicants as elite competitors to land college slots for the offspring of rich parents, prosecutors said. The consultant also hired ringers to take college entrance exams, and paid off insiders at testing centers to alter students' scores.

Georgetown University was one of the places targeted.

Actress Lori Loughlin turned herself in on Wednesday to authorities, one day after federal officials accused the actress and her husband of being involved in a major bribery scheme involving parents using bribes to help their children gain entry into elite colleges without merit.

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

None of the students were charged and most remain at the universities, he said. A former Yale soccer coach pleaded guilty before the documents went public and helped build the case against others. According to multiple reports, the actress landed at LAX on Tuesday during the court hearing.

A who's who of famous names, from actresses to CEOs, have been arrested as part of a national college admissions cheating scam, according to court records unsealed in Boston Tuesday. "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".

According to federal agents, Huffman and Macy also began arrangements for their younger daughter, Georgia, to cheat on the SAT in the same manner, "but ultimately decided not to".

Authorities say they believe that other parents were involved and say the investigation will continue.

They were among 50 people charged in the scheme.

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