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« on: March 12, 2019, 12:50:20 PM »


Actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman are among 50 people charged in massive college entrance exam cheating scandal in which parents paid up to $6M in bribes to get their kids into elite schools like Yale, Georgetown and Stanford

Lori Loughlin and husband allegedly 'agreed to pay bribes of $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to USC crew'

The two girls did not participate in crew, and Loughlin's husband Mossimo Giannulli has also been charged in the scandal

Felicity Huffman paid a $15,000 'charitable contribution' 'to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her eldest daughter'

She knowingly had an individual who was known to assist students or change their answers proctor her eldest daughter's SAT exam according to documents

She is charged with Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud  as are Loughlin and her husband in the scandal, which has been called Operation Varsity Blues

William Rick Singer, the founder of Key Worldwide Foundation, had been identified as the mastermind, and since 2011 has been paid $25M by parents

Two Hollywood stars have been implicated in a massive cheating scandal.

Full House star Lori Loughlin and Oscar nominee Felicity Huffman are two of the 50 parents and coaches charged in a plot to get their children into schools including Georgetown, Stanford, UCLA, University of San Diego, USC, University of Texas, Wake Forest, and Yale.

The scheme was uncovered by the FBI and federal prosecutors in Boston, and involved parents paying bribes of up to $6 million to get their children into these elite schools.

In many instances, the children were unaware that their parents had paid these bribes, according to federal documents.

Most of those charged either paid to get higher SAT scores or faked an athletic resume that, with the participation of a bribed college coach, helped the children get accepted to a college as a team's recruit.

Huffman has two daughters with husband William H. Macy including Sofia, who is 18, and 16-year old Georgia.

Loughlin and her designer husband Mossimo Giannulli also have two daughters: Olivia, 19, and Isabella, 20.

Macy was not charged but Giannulli was named alongside his wife in the papers.

Huffman, Loughlin and Giannulli are all charged with Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud.

'Beginning in or about 2011, and continuing through the present, the defendants - principally individuals whose high-school age children were applying to college - conspired with others to use bribery and other forms of fraud to facilitate their children's admission to colleges and universities in the District of Massachusetts and elsewhere, including Yale University, Stanford University, the University of Texas, the University of Southern California, and the University of Southern California - Los Angeles,' stated the 200 page document that was filed on Tuesday.  

'This case is about the widening corruption of elite college admissions through the steady application of wealth, combined with fraud,' US Attorney Andrew Lelling said on Tuesday in a press conference.

'There can be no separate college admission for wealthy, and I will add there will not be a separate criminal justice system either.'


William Rick Singer, the founder of Key Worldwide Foundation, had been identified as the mastermind behind the scandal.

The documents claim that since 2011, Singer has received $25 million from parents which was then used to payoff or bribe individuals who could 'designate their children as recruited athletes, or other favored admissions categories.'

Huffman paid a $15,000 'charitable contribution 'to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her eldest daughter,' states the complaint.

'Huffman later made arrangements to pursue the scheme a second time, for her younger daughter, before deciding not to do so,' according to the documents.

The charging documents state that Huffman had the site where he daughter took the SATs moved from her own high school to a test center West Hollywood.

Her test was then administered by a proctor who had flown in from Tampa and told investigators that he 'facilitated cheating, either by correcting the student's answers after the test or by actively assisting the student during the exam.'

In this case, Huffman's daughter scored a 1420, which was a 400 point improvement from her PSAT results just one year prior.

Soon after the proctor was paid $40,000 by Key Worldwide Foundation, the same organization that Huffman would later give a $15,000 donation to, according to the documents.

The documents also include the transcript of a phone call between Huffman and the individual who facilitated the test in which she admits that her older daughter had assistance and expresses her desire for her younger daughter to get similar help.

In a follow up call just this past December, Huffman and her unnamed spouse spoke about their daughter wanting to get into Georgetown.

It was then decided that the young girl would take the exam twice, one on her own and once with help, to ensure she got the score necessary to get her into Georgetown, it is claimed.

Then, at the last second, the couple decided not to have their daughter take the test with assistance.

Loughlin and Giannulli '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,' according to the documents.

The 'cheating' referenced in the documents occurred in four forms.

'Bribing college entrance exam administrators to allow a third party to facilitate cheating on college entrance exams, in some cases by posing as actual students,' is the first.

'Bribing university athletic coaches and administrators to designate applicants as purported athletic recruits - regardless of their athletic abilities, and in some cases, even though they did not play the sport,' is the second.

That is what the documents accuse Loughlin and her husband of doing with their daughters.

'Having a third party take classes in place of the actual students, with the understanding that the grades earned in those classes would be submitted as part of the students' application,' is the third.

The fourth was 'submitting falsified applications for admission to universities ... that, among other things, included the fraudulently obtained exam scores and class grades, and often listed fake awards and athletic activities.'

Parties are accused of then 'disguising the nature and source of the bribe payments by funneling the money through the accounts of a purported charity.'

That is what Huffman is accused of doing in the documents filed on Tuesday.  

All with the help of Singer.

In his biography on the website for the Newport Beach-based Key Foundation, Singer is heralded his ability to get children into the college of their choice.

Singer is extolled for 'helping students discover their life passion, and guiding them along with their families through the complex college admissions maze,' in his bio.

'Rick draws on his life experiences of being a father and college athletics coach. He has seen first hand the stress that the college admissions and athletics recruiting process can put on a family,' it reads.

'Over the years, Rick and his team of coaches have helped thousands of students fulfill their life passion in getting into the right college to achieve their dreams. Using The Key method, Key coaches help unlock the full potential of your son or daughter, and set them on a course to excel in life.'

That Key method largely involved donating money which was then used to bribe or payoff individuals per the documents released on Tuesday.  

Singer would take the money donated or given by parents and use it to pay Igor Dvorsiky and Lisa "Niki" Williams tio administer the standardized tests to the children of those charges.

Those two in turn would often pay Mark Riddell, a Florida man who would take the test for the students of change their answers according to the documents filed on Tuesday.

Others who are named in the documents include: Bill McGlashan, the millionaire investor and CAA board member who founded The Rise Fund alongside Bono.


William Rick Singer, the 'mastermind'

Rudolph Meredith

Mark Riddell

John Vandemoer

Igor Dvorskiy

Gordon Ernst

William Ferguson

Martin Fox

Donna Heinel

Laura Janke

Ali Khosroshahin

Steven Masera

Jorge Salcedo

Mikaela Sanford

David Sidoo

Jovan Vavic

Niki Williams

Gregory and Marcia Abbott

Gamal Abdelaziz

Diane and Todd Blake

Jane Buckingham

Gordon Caplan

Michael Center

I-Hsin "Joey" Chen

Amy and Gregory Colburn

Robert Flaxman

Lori Loughlan and Mossimo Giannulli

Elizabeth and Manuel Henriquez

Douglas Hodge

Felicity Huffman

Agustin Huneeus

Bruce and Davina Isackson

Michelle Janavs

Elisabeth Kimmel

Marjorie Klapper

Toby MacFarlane

Bill McGlashan

Marci Palatella

Peter Jan Sartorio

Stephen Semprevivo

Devin Sloane

John Wilson

Houmayoun Zadeg

Robert Zangrillo  


Is this REALLY the sort of 'crime' that should be aggressively prosecuted?  Doesn't it really seem more like somebody in the group got pisssed?  So here's my question:  If we're going to look at these people for college admission fraud, will we be looking at other admissions frauds?

Like politicians kids?

Or the mega-wealthy?

I mean come on, these people are mildly famous.  Frankly, by Hollywood standards they're "Working Class".

Is this sort of thing ALL the FBI has going on right now?

(also, daughters are fine as FUCK)

Plus, they perpetrated the WRONG fraud, don't they study at all??


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« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2019, 01:59:22 PM »

Might as well give a bag of bribe money to everyone.

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« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2019, 03:28:54 PM »

Why, it's almost like our moral betters are actually hypocritical cheating scumbags....

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