Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Culture&Arts | By Rick Owen

Lori Loughlin released on $1-million bail in college cheating scandal

Lori Loughlin released on $1-million bail in college cheating scandal

Loughlin turned herself in to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday morning and is scheduled for a court appearance in the afternoon, spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said. However, until her preliminary hearing, which is scheduled for March 29 in Boston, Huffman is ordered to hand over her passport.

That celebrities were among the accused parents - actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman headline the list - created much buzz, but other parents charged included people prominent in law, finance, fashion, manufacturing and other fields - people who could afford the steep price.

Loughlin became famous as the wholesome Aunt Becky in the 1980s and '90s sitcom "Full House". The 54-year-old actress' travel has been restricted to the United States and Canada, as she is filming Garage Sale Mystery, a film series for Hallmark, in Vancouver.

Henriquez was arrested in New York City and released on $500,000 bail after a brief appearance in Manhattan federal court Tuesday.

A third cooperating witness who began working with prosecutors in February 2019 was identified as Mark Riddell, the director of college entrance exam preparation at a private college preparatory school and sports academy in Bradenton, Florida. Giannulli was released on a $1 million bond.

The case is being described as the biggest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the US Department of Justice.

Some of the 32 defendants are accused of bribing administrators to facilitate cheating on college-entrance exams - by having a smarter student take the test, providing students with answers to exams or correcting their answers after they had completed the exams, according to the criminal complaint filed in federal court.

Via oliviajade & felicityhuffman
Via oliviajade & felicityhuffman

The actors were named among a group of 33 parents who allegedly paid millions to bribe coaches at elite universities to reportedly recruit their children and gain admission.

The Desperate Housewives star was implicated in an alleged college admissions scandal along with other wealthy parents who allegedly paid millions to get their children into elite universities.

"This case is about the widening corruption of elite college admissions through the steady application of wealth combined with fraud", Lelling said Tuesday. Huffman was arrested earlier today on charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, and Loughlin will be turning herself into authorities in Los Angeles later today.

No students have been charged in the scheme, however, with authorities saying that in many cases the teenagers were unaware of their parents' plans.

Coaches, including the women's soccer coach at Yale University and the sailing coach at Stanford University, took between $200,000 and $400,000 to accept the students onto their teams.

Huffman is accused of disguising a $15,000 charitable payment in the bribery scheme, according to court records.

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

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