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Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman charged in college admissions scam

Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are among more than 40 people charged in what is being called the “largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice.”

The plot involved getting prospective students admitted to colleges and universities as athletic recruits — even if they did not play sports — by bribing coaches, and paying people to help cheat on college entrance exams, according to the United States District Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts.

{mosads}Loughlin, who stars in “Fuller House,” and former “Desperate Housewives” actress Huffman were both charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, according to charging documents released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

A spokeswoman for Loughlin told ITK that she was “just waking up to this news” and didn’t “have any information at this time.” Reps for Huffman didn’t immediately return ITK’s request for comment.

The schools were reportedly not involved in the alleged plot. In total, 33 parents nationwide were charged as part of the scheme, authorities said.

“These parents are a catalogue of wealth and privilege” and include “two well-known actresses,” U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said in a Tuesday news conference.

“All of them knowingly conspired,” Lelling said, “to help their children either cheat on the SAT or ACT and/or buy their children’s admission into elite schools through fraud.”

“This case is about the widening corruption in elite college admissions,” Lelling said.

“For every student admitted through fraud, an honest, genuinely talented student was rejected.”


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