How the multimillion-dollar college admissions scam worked


The Internet is blowing up with snarky remarks as people connect Lori Loughlin's Full House character - Aunt Becky - with the breaking news of her alleged involvement in a massive college admissions cheating scandal.

He allegedly funneled some of that cash to his cohorts, including test proctors and college athletic coaches.

But in order to make this happen, they needed to create athletic profiles of the students.

That, and a few hundred thousand dollars.

The former Desperate Housewives star was in court in Los Angeles on Tuesday following her arrest.

According to TMZ, 7 federal agents arrived at Huffman's home on Tuesday morning, guns drawn, and demanded she come out and surrender.

USA federal prosecutors on Tuesday charged dozens of people in a years-old, $25 million United States scheme to help wealthy Americans, including actors Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, buy their children's way into elite schools such as Yale, Georgetown and Stanford universities.

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Records show defendants are facing charges in various federal courts across the country including Massachusetts, California, Connecticut, Maryland, North Carolina, Texas, New York and Florida.

Fellow actress Lori Loughlin, who starred in the revamped 90210, was also indicted in the documents.

Court documents said Huffman paid $15,000 that she disguised as a charitable donation so that her daughter could take part in the college entrance-exam cheating scam.

"For every student admitted through fraud, an honest and genuinely talented student was rejected", Lelling said.

Much of the indictment revolves around William Rick Singer, the founder of a for-profit college counseling and preparation business known as "The Key". Huffman allegedly discussed a similar scheme for her younger daughter but ultimately decided against it.

Coaches from Yale, Stanford, Georgetown, USC, Wake Forest and other schools were allegedly involved. "The Giannullis agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team- despite the fact they did not participate in crew - thereby facilitating their admission to USC", the papers read. It's a big, glaring example of how patently unfair society can be-all it took for these students to get into top schools were parents with lots of money and a network of people willing to commit white collar crime.