Two well-known actresses, Felicity Huffman (“Desperate Housewives”) and Lori Loughlin (“Fuller House”), were among those “arrested this morning by police for their involvement in a bribery scheme to get their children into elite colleges,” reports Deadline.
The story reports: “The two actors were taken into custody with 11 other LA locals today as a scathing indictment was unsealed today in federal court in Boston. … The actors and the others are expected to appear in court … this afternoon on charges [of] conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud.
“Among 33 parents and more than 10 others under indictment, the charges could see the ‘Desperate Housewives’ and ‘Fuller House’ actors behind bars for up to five years.”
The 33 parents were accused of paying “millions in bribes to coaches” at eight schools: UCLA, USC, Stanford, Yale, Wake Forest, Georgetown, the University of Texas and the University of San Diego. The bribes were reportedly paid “so their children could gain admission as recruited athletes — even if they weren’t actually athletes.”
Notes USA Today: “Others charged included three people who organized the scams, two ACT and SAT exam administrators, one exam proctor, and one college administrator. Parents who face conspiracy charges include heads of private and public companies, securities and real state investors, a famous fashion designer and the chairman of a global law firm.”