U.S. actresses among dozens charged in college admissions scam

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In all, 50 people were charged: 33 parents who paid to give their kids undeserved entry into high-end college life; 13 university sports coaches and test organization operators; and Singer and three others who operated the fraudulent scheme.

The Justice Department on Tuesday announced dozens of charges related to a massive college admissions bribery scheme, involving big names from Hollywood actresses to Wall Street and Silicon Valley executives.

One of the schemes involved parents paying William Singer, the founder of a college prep business, $15,000 to $75,000 to have someone take the SAT or ACT for their children. Documents describe a scheme in which wealthy parents paid a company to help their children cheat on college entrance exams or bribe athletic recruiters.

"OK, so, who we are ... what we do is we help the wealthiest families in the USA get their kids into school", Singer said, according to prosecutors.

Felicity Huffman second left in her Desperate Housewives days
Felicity Huffman second left in her Desperate Housewives days

Former Yale Women's Soccer coach Randolph "Rudy" Meredith, who resigned last fall, was charged in connection with Conspiracy to commit wire fraud and honest services wire fraud; honest services wire fraud.

Huffman also contemplated running a similar scam to help her younger daughter, but ultimately did not pursue it, the complaint alleges.

UCLA, University of San Diego, Wake Forest University, Georgetown and the University of Southern California.

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Jorge Salcedo, the head coach of the men's soccer team, was charged in an indictment with racketeering conspiracy. The other wealthy Americans included a fashion designer and the chairman of global law firm.

Parents spent anywhere from $200,000 to $6.5 million to guarantee their children's admission to elite schools, authorities said.

Court papers said 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. The cooperator told investigators that Huffman and her spouse "agreed to the plan".

Messages seeking comment with representatives for Huffman and Loughlin were not immediately returned.

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Prosecutors say parents like Loughlin and Huffman paid Silver $25 million from 2011 through February of this year.

In other instances, authorities allege, school officials accepted bribes to say that incoming students, who would not be admitted otherwise, had been recruited to join athletic teams when, in fact, those students were not athletes.

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