Parents, coaches, actresses among 50 charged in USA college cheating scandal

Parents, coaches, actresses among 50 charged in USA college cheating scandal

Parents, coaches, actresses among 50 charged in USA college cheating scandal

The coaches worked at such schools as Yale, Stanford, Georgetown, Wake Forest, the University of Texas, USC and UCLA.

A California man on Tuesday pleaded guilty to running a $25 million scheme to fraudulently help wealthy parents secure seats for their children at elite universities, in what prosecutors called the largest case of college admissions fraud in USA history.

Because the con included around parents getting their children recruited as athletes, a number of college coaches have been charged as well.

In reality, the nonprofit was part of a larger conspiracy that allowed children of wealthy parents a "side door" entrance into some of the nation's elite colleges.

Huffman, who played Lynette Scavo on the ABC series "Desperate Housewives", and Loughlin, known for her role as Aunt Becky on the ABC sitcom "Full House" and its Netflix spin-off "Fuller House", were each charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

William "Rick" Singer, the Newport Beach man who was the founder of the college consulting nonprofit The Key Worldwide Foundation, pleaded guilty Tuesday afternoon to conspiracy to commit racketeering, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud the United States and obstruction of justice.

A rep for Loughlin said Tuesday she had "no info to share at this time".

Loughlin's two daughters were allegedly designated as recruits for USC's crew team - even though neither girl had ever participated in crew.

Thirteen of those accused, including Huffman, were arrested and slated for arraignment late Tuesday in Los Angeles.

CNN is also trying to get a comment from the actresses' representatives.

Ernst was charged with racketeering conspiracy and ordered by the Department of Justice to forfeit over $2.7 million, a home in Chevy Chase, Md., his Chevy Chase country club membership and a financial account. Parents would pay between $15,000 and $75,000 for someone else to take the SAT or ACT for their child, or to correct their child's answers afterward.

In a short statement posted on its website, Yale emphasized the university's cooperation with the investigation and added that prosecutors believe that Meredith took advantage of the admissions office. The evidence in the case reportedly includes cooperating witnesses, emails, and telephone call recordings. In another example, they used stock photos of a person playing a sport and then put the face of a student onto that of an athlete via Photoshop, prosecutors said. "We are reviewing the details of the indictment and will take appropriate action".

As laid out in the indictment, Singer allegedly paid college coaches to claim that a prospective student should be accepted to college because the student was a recruit for their sports team.

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