The racketeering conspiracy charges were brought against coaches at schools including Wake Forest, Stanford, Georgetown, the University of Southern California and University of California, Los Angeles.
Authorities say the consulting company also bribed administrators of college entrance exams to allow a Florida man to take the tests on behalf of students or replace their answers with his.
Lelling said in most cases, the students had no idea their parents were allegedly paying bribes to get them admitted.
It also helped high school athletes get into top colleges no matter what their abilities, according to the indictment.
Before Felicity Huffman was indicted as part of a nationwide college admission cheating scandal, the actress was busy visiting college campuses with her daughter.
Actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman are among almost 50 people indicted in a widespread college admission bribery scandal, authorities announced Tuesday.
"Huffman later made arrangements to pursue the scheme a second time, for her younger daughter, before deciding not to do so". Parents would pay this man and he would "steer the money" to either an SAT/ACT administrator or college athletic coach. Loughlin is famous as Aunt Becky on the beloved '90s sitcom Full House, and she's made numerous appearances on its Netflix revival series, Fuller House. Prosecutors allege that fake athletic profiles were created to give the false impression that applicants were student athletes (in many cases, the applicants had no athletic merit).
The students linked to the scheme apparently did not know their admission into said schools was based on a bribe.
Huffman, an Academy Award nominee, has been charged with felony conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, according to court paperwork filed Monday in federal court in MA.
Prosecutors are saying the scheme was orchestrated by William Rick Singer, who is the founder of a for-profit college preparation business based in California and disguised as a charity. The administrator would either correct the student's test answers or even hire a proctor to take it for them. Loughlin's husband, Mossimo Giannulli, was also indicted. Some of the parents reportedly claimed the payment as charitable donations to lower their taxes.
Both were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud in indictments unsealed Tuesday in federal court in Boston.