This combination of pictures created on March 12, 2019 shows USA actress Felicity Huffman (L) attending the Showtime Emmy Eve Nominees Celebration in Los Angeles on September 16, 2018 and actress Lori Loughlin arriving at the People's Choice Awards 2017 at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, on January 18, 2017. A total of 46 people were arrested by midday, including Huffman and Loughlin, in an investigation dubbed Operation Varsity Blues, federal authorities said.
Prosecutors said that parents paid Singer big money from 2011 up until just last month to bribe coaches and administrators to falsely make their children look like star athletes to boost their chances of getting accepted. Everyone involved, including the Fuller House star, have been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.
According to the complaint, the defendants conspired with others to "bribe college entrance exam administrators to facilitate cheating on college entrance exams, to bribe varsity coaches and administrators at elite universities to designate certain applicants as recruited athletes or as other favoured candidates, thereby facilitating the applicants' admission to those universities and to use the facade of a charitable organization to hide the nature and source of the bribe payments".
Officials said most students involved were unaware of the scheme.
Huffman is married to actor William H. Macy, though he is not named in the complaint. In others, college coaches were bribed into accepting students knowing they didn't have the athletic credentials required for admission as a student-athlete. A former Yale soccer coach pleaded guilty before the documents went public and helped build the case against others. Both were charged with fraud and conspiracy. The person told investigators that the couple agreed to the plan.
In all, 44 people, some of them college coaches, have been charged thus far.
In a veiled "clap back" to the alleged fraudster, "Today" tweeted out the interview around 5 p.m. Tuesday shortly after news broke that Loughlin was planning to turn herself in on the fraud charges. A spokeswoman for Loughlin had no comment.