This one will probably go down in the history books as one of the largest bribery scams in U.S. history.
According to CBS news over 50 people were indicted on Tuesday in a widespread admission bribery scandal including Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman. Other persons who also allegedly bribed admissions consultant are CEO’s of private and public companies, investors, a fashion designer, and a chairman of a global law firm.
The conspiracy case includes the parents of applicants, ACT and SAT administrators, a test proctor, and coaches at universities including Yale, Stanford, Georgetown, USC UCLA and the University of Texas at Austin.
The prosecutors of the scandal said that the parents paid the college test prep organization to help students cheat by having stand-ins take the test for the teenagers, or by arranging to have the proctors correct the answers. Students were also labeled athletic recruits when college coaches were allegedly bribed as well.
Some teenagers faces were photoshopped on to the bodies of actual athletes to provide more proof that they were involved in a sport.
According to the report, the parents have been charged in the alleged scheme for paying an admissions consultant, William Singer, a total of $25 million dollars between 2011 and February 2019 for the arrangement.
Boston U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling told the press that Singer also used some of the money to bribe test administrators and college coaches.
A total of 33 parents were charged. The parents are a catalog of wealth and privilege.
Instead of the privileged wealthy taking their money and donating it to the schools, they decided to corrupt and illegally manipulate the system.
Huffman was taken into custody early on Tuesday morning, bail was set at $250,000 bond, and she is to appear in federal court on March 29th in Boston. Loughlin turned her self in later on Tuesday.
All Universities are cooperating with the investigation.
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