Actress Loughlin Surrenders as Admissions Fallout Spreads

Felicity Huffman

The mastermind of the $25 million college-admissions racket pitched his crooked services as a surefire way for wealthy parents to get their underqualified kids into some of the nation's top universities - and far more effective than making big-bucks donations to the schools without any guarantees.

Huffman and Loughlin were due to appear in federal court in Los Angeles later on Tuesday, prosecutors said.

Loughlin, who did not appear in court on Tuesday, reportedly has been filming a movie in Vancouver. The couple allegedly agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 to have their daughters designated as recruits for the USC crew team, even though they did not participate in crew.

Full House star Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli have also been ensnared in the scandal.

In addition to Loughlin, the group included "Desperate Housewives" actress Felicity Huffman.

She is scheduled to reappear in court March 29 in Boston.

TV stars Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are accused of paying huge bribes to get their daughters into elite colleges.

"The substantial majority of people in our industry are really ethical, it's mind-blowing that something on this scale could happen", said Chris Wills, president of the Twin Cities college consulting firm College Inside Track.

He's accused of spearheading the scam, including allegedly facilitating cheating on college entrance exams like the SAT and ACT, Photoshopping prospects' heads on athletes' bodies, and bribing admissions officers. The consultant also hired ringers to take college entrance exams, and paid off insiders at testing centers to alter students' scores.

On Tuesday, Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman was arrested in the early morning hours by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents with their guns drawn for her role in a bribery scheme to get her older daughter into college.

United States actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin and some CEOs are among dozens of people arrested for a $US25 million ($A35 million) scheme to help wealthy Americans cheat their children's way into elite universities, such as Yale and Stanford.

Others facing charges are the former women's soccer coach at Yale, the senior associate athletic director at the University of Southern California, the women's volleyball coach at Wake Forest University, and the sailing coach at Stanford.

"This case is about the widening corruption of elite college admissions through the steady application of wealth combined with fraud", Lelling said Tuesday.

The report also claims that Huffman "later made arrangements to pursue the scheme for a second time" to help her youngest daughter through the admission process, but ultimately chose "not to do" so.

On Tuesday afternoon, Huffman made a brief court appearance.

Mr Macy has not been charged, but authorities have not said why.

Huffman has been charged with felony conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, according to federal court documents filed Monday in MA.

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