USA college admissions scam leaves Hollywood stars, wealthy parents facing the fallout

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Loughlin and fellow actress Felicity Huffman headline the list of some 50 people charged in documents unveiled in Boston that describe a scheme to cheat the admissions process at eight sought-after schools.

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Lori Loughlin, centre, poses with daughters Olivia Jade Giannulli, left, and Isabella Rose Giannulli at the 2019 An Unforgettable Evening in Beverly Hills, Calif. Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli were charged along with almost 50 other people Tuesday. The indictment of wealthy Californians has provided ammunition for the Trump administration in its feud with the Hollywood elite. Giannulli posted bond and was released Tuesday.

Fuller House star Lori Loughlin is among the defendants. However, until her preliminary hearing, which is scheduled for March 29 in Boston, Huffman is ordered to hand over her passport.

In the tape, obtained by TMZ, Singer said that parents making $10 million donations to universities in an attempt to guarantee admission for their children wouldn't even get noticed by more elite schools.

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On Tuesday afternoon (Wednesday NZT), another actress, Felicity Huffman, made a brief court appearance in Los Angeles.

The ringleader behind the scam, William "Rick" Singer, who authorities say was paid about $25 million dollars to bribe coaches and university administrators, has pleaded guilty and is cooperating with authorities.

Dozens, including Huffman, the Emmy-winning star of ABC Studio's Desperate Housewives, were arrested by midday on Tuesday.

Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli are accused of paying $500,000 in bribes and fabricating photos showing their daughter as a competitive crew rower, in order to get her admission to the University of Southern California (USC).

Documents released by the U.S. Attorney's office allege that Huffman paid $15,000 to help her daughter get into school. In addition to her starring role in When Calls the Heart, Loughlin also headlines the Garage Sale Mysteries franchise on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. A former Yale soccer coach reportedly pleaded guilty and helped build the case against others.

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Athletic coaches from Yale, Stanford, USC, Wake Forest and Georgetown, among others, are implicated, as well as parents and exam administrators.

In the meantime, many other celebs have taken to social media to either criticise and condemn the parents or roast them over the scandal.

"Every student deserves to be considered on their individual merits when applying to college, and it's disgraceful to see anyone breaking the law to give their children an advantage over others", US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said in a statement Wednesday.

The alleged masterminds of the scam and the parents who paid into it could all face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

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