According to the New York Post, so far more than 40 people have been indicted in the scam that allegedly allowed their spawn to pose as student-athletes to get into Georgetown, Stanford, Wake Forest University, UCLA and Yale.
In Louglin's case, the actress and her husband allegedly paid Singer $500,000 to bribe USC officials into admitting their daughters as crew recruits even though neither participated in crew. TVLine reports that Huffman, known for her role on Desperate Housewives, a "charitable contribution" of $15,000 (£11,500) to participate in the scheme on behalf of her eldest daughter.
Federal Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Laura Eimiller says Loughlin is in custody Wednesday morning in Los Angeles.
U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of MA tells E!
Prosecutors also said parents paid an admissions consultant upwards of $25 million from 2011 through February 2019 to bribe coaches/administrators to label their kids as recruited athletes to increase their chances of getting into the schools mentioned (above).
"This case is about the widening corruption of elite college admissions through the steady application of wealth combined with fraud", Lelling said. They have been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, and the amount that they paid to get their kids into school is insane.
The mastermind of the scheme, William "Rick" Singer, on Tuesday pleaded guilty to racketeering charges.
Lori Loughlin's youngest daughter, Olivia Jade Giannulli, previously received backlash for comments she made in regard to college.
Among those charged were several college coaches. Singer then arranged a third-party to proctor the exam and secretly correct the girl's answers.
Authorities who accused dozens of super-wealthy parents of paying bribes to get their kids into elite USA colleges say the investigation isn't over. Representatives for Loughlin and Huffman did not immediately return requests for comment.
One of the cooperating witnesses in the scheme was Rudy Meredith, the head coach of the women's soccer team at Yale.
He added, "For every student admitted through fraud, an honest, a genuinely talented student was rejected".
Another parent charged in the scheme, Manuel Henriquez, resigned as chief executive officer of the finance company Hercules Capital, the company said early on Wednesday. "Can you tell us how to proceed?"