Bail set at $1 million for US actress implicated in bribery scandal

Bail set at $1 million for US actress implicated in bribery scandal

Bail set at $1 million for US actress implicated in bribery scandal

Giannulli was released Tuesday after posting a $1 million bond. News confirmed that 13 defendants were taken into custody in the Los Angeles area, including defendant Huffman.

United States actress Lori Loughlin appeared in federal court in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday in connection with a massive college admissions scam involving other celebrities and top industry CEOs. She didn't speak except say "yes" to the judge's questions, The Associated Press reported. She has reportedly been charged with with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud, same as Felicity.

Loughlin's husband, clothing company founder Mossimo Giannulli, was also charged in the scheme. She, then, appeared in court, where her bond was set at $250,000.

Both women, according to reports, had to surrender their passports.

She will have to appear before a judge again on March 29.

When it comes to the massive college admissions scandal, the takedown of which was dubbed "Operation Varsity Blues" by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, its celebrity clientele have dominated the news cycle.

Andrew Lelling, the US attorney in Boston, said at a news conference that "for every student admitted through fraud, an honest, genuinely talented student was rejected", Reuters reported. Yet according to William Rick Singer, the man behind the scam, hundreds more have benefited from the admissions scheme.

Prosecutors in the U.S. attorney's office in Boston said his company, Edge College & Career Network, has made $US25 million since embarking on the fraud in 2011, offering what he promised was a "guarantee" of admission.

The two are among 50 people charged for taking part in the largest such scam in US history, which the scheme's mastermind said in court documents steered some 800 students into elite universities including Yale, Georgetown and Stanford by cheating the admissions process.

Among the alleged offences: six-figure bribes paid to college athletic coaches to vouch for applicants who may not have even competed in those sports, the use of stand-ins to take the all-important SAT and ACT entrance exams, and payments directed to test administrators to correct answers before submission.

He also bribed college coaches or athletic administrators to make it appear the students were athletes being recruited to the school, including creating fake athletic credentials like Photoshopped images.

Ms Huffman, 56, star of the US TV series Desperate Housewives, is one of 33 parents accused of paying bribes to athletics coaches and exam invigilators to help their daughters to gain a place at a top college.

The authorities said the scheme began in 2011 and helped children get into Yale University, the University of Southern California (USC), the University of Texas, Georgetown University, Wake Forest University and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

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