Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin Make First Court Appearance To Face College Admission Scandal Charges
Written by KFAT on April 11, 2019
Fourth Estate Staff
Boston, MA, United States (4E) – Actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman have arrived at a federal court in Boston to faces charges relating to their participation in the college admissions cheating scandal.
Both Huffman and Loughlin are each charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and committing mail fraud with their participation in the cheating scandal scheme dubbed by prosecutors as “Operation Varsity Blues”. Under this scheme, parents make payments in the guise of sizable donations to colleges to secure their children’s acceptance, CNN reported.
This is done by having someone take the standardized tests instead of the potential student or bribing coaches into fabricating fake athlete profiles to get them into competitive schools.
Each of the crime for which Loughlin and Huffman are charged carries a maximum penalty of imprisonment of 20 years, three years of supervised release, and a fine amounting to $250,000 or twice the gain or loss, whichever is greater.
According to The Daily Mail, a total of 15 parents will make their first court appearance on Wednesday afternoon.
Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, allegedly shelled out $500,000 to make sure their daughters Isabella and Olivia get accepted in the University of South Carolina by making it appear that they are student athletes even though they’ve never played the sport for which they are being recruited.
Huffman, on the other hand, reportedly paid $15,000 to have test proctor Mark Riddell take her daughter’s SAT Exam. Riddell, who pleaded guilty during his arraignment and plea bargaining in February, revealed that he would either take the test directly instead of the applicant or change their wrong answers. Her daughter, Sofia, got a score 1420 on her SAT, which is 400 points more than what she got during a practice test.
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