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Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin Charged With Mail Fraud in Massive College Exam Scheme – yahoo news
UPDATE: Actress Felicity Huffman is in Federal custody after being arrested at her home without incident. There is an arrest warrant out for actress Lori Loughlin, who was NOT in Los Angeles this morning when Federal agents went to her home per officials familiar. Lori Loughling and daughter, Olivia Jade, have disabled majority their social media accounts.
YAHOO NEWS ARTICLE:
An arrest warrant for the pair — and dozens of others — was issued on March 11 in Boston, Massachusetts for conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.
According to NBC News, the alleged scheme involved getting students admitted to elite colleges and helping potential students to cheat on their college entrance exams. The colleges in question included Georgetown University, Stanford University, UCLA, the University of San Diego, USC, University of Texas, Wake Forest, and Yale.
In the arrest warrant, Huffman and her husband, William H. Macy, allegedly “made a purported charitable contribution of $15,000 to KWF [a college prep company] to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her oldest daughter. Huffman later made arrangements to pursue the scheme a second time, for her younger daughter, before deciding not to do so.”
The warrant claims that a cooperating witness, the founder of KWF, told Huffman and Macy that “that he ‘controlled’ a testing center, and could arrange for a third party to purport to proctor their daughter’s SAT and secretly correct her answers afterwards. CW-1 has advised investigators that HUFFMAN and her spouse agreed to the plan.”
Eventually, Huffman’s daughter took the SATs and scored a 1420, an improvement of 400 points over her previous score, the documents claim.
According to the warrant, Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli allegedly “agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team-despite the fact that they did not participate in crew-thereby facilitating their admission to USC.”
The warrant also includes transcripts of phone calls recorded by the FBI that shows Huffman and Loughlin, separately, discussing the plan with the cooperating witnesses.
Loughlin was recorded at one point saying, ” So we– so we just– so we just have to say we made a donation to your foundation and that’s it, end of story.”
This is a developing story from Daniel Goldblatt
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