Federal authorities charged actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin in a sweeping admissions bribery case in federal court Tuesday.
The racketeering conspiracy charges were unsealed Tuesday against the coaches at elite schools including Wake Forest University, Georgetown and the University of Southern California.
Authorities say the coaches accepted bribes in exchange for admitting students as athletes, regardless of their ability.
According court documents, “Desperate Housewives” actress Huffman and “Full House” star Loughlin are among dozens of people charged in the college exam scheme. They are charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.
In addition, Loughlin’s husband, Mossimo Giannulli, also is on the list. Huffman’s husband, actor William H. Macy, is not.
Elizabeth Much, a representative for Loughlin, said she would have no comment.
USA TODAY has reached out to a rep for Huffman for comment.
According to the documents, a total of 50 people were charged, including the actresses, chief executives, college coaches and other prominent people, in the nationwide college admissions cheating scam.
Prosecutors say parents paid an admissions consultant $25 million from 2011 through Feb. 2019 to bribe coaches and administrators to label their children as recruited athletes to boost their chances of getting into schools.
Prosecutors allege that fake athletic profiles were also made to make students look like strong high school athletes when they actually weren’t.
Authorities say the consulting company also bribed administrators of college entrance exams to allow a Florida man to take the tests on behalf of students or replace their answers with his.
Contributing: The Associated Press
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