College Cheating Scandal: Hollywood Actors, Stanford Coach Charged

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SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, in addition to the head sailing coach at Stanford are among at least 40 other people indicted in a sweeping college admissions bribery scandal.

The racketeering conspiracy charges were unsealed Tuesday against the coaches at schools including Wake Forest University, Georgetown, Stanford, and the University of Southern California.

Stanford sailing coach John Vandemoer is involved in the scam and will reportedly plead guilty later this afternoon. 

Loughlin appeared in the ABC sitcom “Full House,” and Huffman starred in ABC’s “Desperate Housewives.”

Both were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud in indictments unsealed Tuesday in federal court in Boston.

Court documents say Huffman paid $15,000 that she disguised as a charitable donation so her daughter could partake in the college entrance cheating scam.

Court papers say a cooperating witness met with Huffman and her husband at their Los Angeles home and explained the scam to them.

The cooperator told investigators that Huffman and her spouse “agreed to the plan.”

Huffman is married to actor William H. Macy.

The massive scam was revealed after authorities reportedly discovered a California businessman in charge of an operation helping students get into their college of choice.

Authorities say the coaches accepted bribes in exchange for admitting students as athletes, regardless of their ability.

Prosecutors say parents paid an admissions consultant $25 million from 2011 through Feb. 2019 to bribe coaches and administrators to label their children as recruited athletes to boost their chances of getting into schools.

Prosecutors allege that fake athletic profiles were also made to make students look like strong high school athletes when they actually weren’t.

Authorities say the consulting company also bribed administrators of college entrance exams to allow a Florida man to take the tests on behalf of students or replace their answers with his.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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