Actress Loughlin Surrenders as Admissions Fallout Spreads

Danny Woods
March 14, 2019

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Desperate Housewives actress was handcuffed and spent hours in a detention centre before she was taken to a courthouse.

The elaborate scheme involved bribing the administrators of college entrance tests to allow a child's wrong answers to be corrected and bribing university athletic coaches to attest a child was a gifted athlete even if he or she was anything but.

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

William "Rick" Singer, 58, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges related to running the scheme through his Edge College & Career Network, which charged from $100,000 to as much as $2.5m per child for the services, which were masked as contributions to a fake charity Singer runs.

Three cooperating witnesses helped the federal authorities build their case against Singer and the participants in the scheme, which reportedly included recordings of Huffman and emails from Loughlin.

Prosecutors have named 33 parents, 13 coaches, and associates of Mr Singer's business, but said the investigation continued and more parents and coaches could be charged.

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The actress will now be allowed to spend the rest of the year filming a number of projects in Vancouver before surrendering her passport in December once all her contracted work in Hollywood North is completed, according to a report from TMZ. Prosecutors in the USA attorney's office in Boston say his company, Edge College & Career Network, amassed $25 million through the fraud. She is expected to appear in court in Boston on March 29. Dozens, including Huffman, the Emmy-winning star, were reportedly arrested by midday. Macy was not charged, but authorities did not say why.

One of the daughters, Olivia Gianulli, has become a prominent influencer on social media under the name "Olivia Jade".

The coaches worked at schools such as Yale University, Stanford University, Georgetown University, Wake Forest University, the University of Texas, the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles.

The colleges themselves are not targets, the prosecutor said.

In many cases, the students were not aware their parents had arranged for the cheating, prosecutors said, although in other cases they knowingly took part.

"I was essentially buying or bribing the coaches for a spot", Singer said as he pleaded guilty to charges including racketeering, money laundering and obstruction of justice.

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