Officials at the University of Southern California are working with the FBI and the U.S. Attorney in connection with the large-scale college admissions scandal that has caught actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, among many others, in its web, TMZ reports, citing unnamed sources.
“The USC admissions scandal has become so intense, one student threatened suicide because her parents used the services of ringleader Rick Singer,” the website reports, adding: “USC sources familiar with the investigation say the girl was grief-stricken because her parents chose Singer to help her gain admission. We’re told the university has investigated and determined in this case Singer’s services were legit. Our sources say the girl is now receiving counseling.”
The report also cites sources saying the school’s investigation has broadened significantly and USC officials have said they are looking to revoke the degrees of alums who gained admission by fraud.
“We’re told university officials believe they have 8 cases where alums used Rick Singer’s services in a suspicious manner,” TMZ reports. “Our sources say in all 8 cases, the students used the Athletic Placement Services … similar to the way [Loughlin’s daughters] Olivia Jade and Isabella gained admission.”
The report notes that the university is expected to resolve the fraudulent admissions cases in two to three weeks, and is retaining an outside auditing agency to develop a fraud prevention plan.
“Lori Loughlin’s daughters, Olivia and Isabella, have officially withdrawn from the university, but there’s still an investigation that could lead to them being banned from campus forever,” TMZ adds.