Celebrities, CEOs And College Coaches Indicted In Admissions Bribery Case

Ruben Holloway
March 13, 2019

The extensive court documents released on Tuesday noted Loughlin's payment to Singer was disguised as a "charitable contribution".

- No students were charged, prosecutors said they were often unaware of the measures being taken on their behalf.

Among those charged are Huffman, best known for her role on the television show "Desperate Housewives", and Loughlin, who appeared on "Full House", according to court documents.

Just weeks before the scheme came crashing down, Singer put his six-bedroom mansion in Newport Beach on the market for $2.6 million.

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Dozens of people, many affiliated with prestigious American universities, face racketeering charges over allegedly facilitating cheating on ACT and SAT tests and bribing college coaches, according to an indictment in US District Court in MA. The parents could write off both the donation to the school and to the charity on their taxes, Singer said. "I created a side door that would guarantee families would get in". They want this thing done.

"It's, of course, distressing that there's that much pressure in society to feel that they have to go to a particular school mostly because of the name of the school". "You can't cheat to get ahead, because you will get caught".

Over the past 20 years, Singer and his team helped more than 90,000 adults and also guided high school and college students seeking undergraduate or graduate degrees, The Key said.

Federal agents secretly recorded telephone calls with Huffman and a cooperating witness, according to the court papers. In 2012 he set up a nonprofit called Key Worldwide Foundation, which purportedly "helped underserved or disadvantaged youth", Singer said in court. He was expected to plead guilty Tuesday afternoon, according to prosecutors at a press conference. "And that occurred very frequently".

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Actress Lori Loughlin, star of "Full House" and "Fuller House", and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, have been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

"We are not talking about donating a building that will make it more likely for your child to get accepted, we're talking about deception and fraud", he said. None of the children were charged on Tuesday. Since 2011, Singer has allegedly also been bribing coaches and university administrators to falsely designate applicants as potential athlete recruits or assign them other preferential designations that improve their chances of acceptance.

In bribing coaches as part of his scam Singer said he'd have the parents donate $50,000 to the athletics program in question as a first assurance that their child would be admitted to schools like Stanford, Georgetown, UCLA and others.

- Having someone take classes in the place of a student and using those grades on applications. He said parents paid between $100,000 to $6.5 million for the services.

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