Felicity Huffman (“Desperate Housewives”), Lori Loughlin (“Full House”), and STX Entertainment co-founder Bill McGlashan are reportedly among forty-five people being charged in a nationwide college entrance exam scandal according to court documents filed Tuesday in Boston according to The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline.
Two-hundred FBI agents worked the case, dubbed ‘Operation Varsity Blues’, with documents showing those indicted allegedly paid a combined total of millions in bribes to get their children into elite colleges like Yale, Stanford and USC. Several NCAA D-1 college coaches, company CEOs and one college administrator have also been implicated.
U.S. Attorney’s Office rep Andrew Lelling says: “It remains to be seen if we charge any students… The schools are not considered co-conspirators.” Arrest warrants were issued with several taken into custody Tuesday morning in the Los Angeles area including Huffman. The defendants made their initial court appearances this afternoon with Huffman ordered to be released with bail set at $250,000.
The charges to each individual involved vary but amongst those being levelled are mail and honest services fraud along whilst the scam’s organiser is reportedly up for racketeering conspiracy and obstruction of justice. U.S. federal authorities are basing the case on interviews with witnesses, bank records, flight records, emails, cell site data and wiretaps with charges having been authorized by a grand jury.