Desperate Housewives' Felicity Huffman released on bail after college bribery arrest

Cristina Cross
March 14, 2019

Prosecutors said the scheme began in 2011 and also helped children get into the University of Texas, Georgetown University, Wake Forest University and the University of California, Los Angeles.

They are being charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in the scam, which was run by William Singer, who "used the purported charitable donations from parents, at least in part, to bribe two SAT and ACT test administrators", along with college athletic coaches. Academic officials, including the former women's soccer coach at Yale University are also facing charges.

The intersecting worlds of celebrity, extreme wealth, and higher education have been cleaved open by a recent federal indictment alleging a massive bribing scheme around college admissions.

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She and her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, allegedly paid half a million dollars to have their two daughters labeled as recruits to the USC crew team even though neither participated in the sport, CBS News correspondent Carter Evans reports.

Actor William H. Macy arrives at the federal courthouse in Los Angeles, where his wife Felicity Huffman is among fifty people facing charges over an alleged college bribery scandal, 12-03-2019. The actress allegedly met with a confidential witness who offered to proctor her daughter's SAT test and correct the answers afterward.

He went on: "For every student admitted through fraud, an honest, genuinely talented student was rejected".

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William "Rick" Singer, 58, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges related to running the scheme through his Edge College & Career Network, which charged from $100,000 to as much as $2.5m per child for the services, which were masked as contributions to a fake charity Singer runs. "But all Federal Bureau of Investigation agents are armed and may draw their weapons as a precautionary measured based on the circumstances during the execution of any warrant", she added.

The actress was allowed to retain her passport for her work on a film project in British Columbia, NBC News reported. The parents bribed college coaches and other insiders to get their children into selective schools, authorities said. Several of the colleges involved made no mention of taking action against the students.

Prosecutors have charged 33 who paid enormous amounts to get their children accepted into some of the most elite schools.

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Felicity Huffman was released today on a $250,000 signature bond (meaning she paid nothing, just promised to return to court). Knowing that your parents don't believe you're smart enough to get into college on your own must be hard enough, but Loughlin's daughter, Instagram and Youtube "Influencer", Olivia Jade, is getting some serious heat on her social media.

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