This story is insane — actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin have been charged, among 48 others, in a ridiculously massive “bribery scam” according to TMZ involving some of the “most elite colleges in the country.”
Court records show the actresses and others allegedly paid hefty bribes -- as much as $6 MILLION -- to get their kids into various schools, including Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and the University of Southern California. The charges include conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. The alleged scam was reportedly unearthed after authorities found a California businessman who ran an operation helping students get into the college of their choice. Authorities say parents would pay the man a predetermined amount which he would funnel to an SAT or ACT administrator or a college athletic coach.
As for Loughlin, she and her husband reportedly paid $500,000 to have their 2 daughters designated as recruits for the crew team at USC ... despite the fact they did not actually participate in crew.
As for Huffman, she and her husband, William H. Macy, reportedly made a charitable contribution of $15,000 to participate in a college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of their eldest daughter. It appears Macy was not indicted.
And the federal indictment out of Boston has a twist ... it says most of the kids admitted to the schools had no idea their parents allegedly greased the wheels to get them in.
We reached out to the reps for both Felicity and Lori ... so far no word back.