Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin Charged in Fraud Scheme
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You might think that having fame and money would be enough for some people. But no, sometimes you want your kids to attend an Ivy League school because, well, it’s impressive. So what’s a wealthy Hollywood star to do if say, your kid just doesn’t get the SAT scores needed, or can’t write a college essay worth a damn?
You bribe the kid’s way into the hallowed halls of Harvard, Yale or Standford. At least that is what Felicity Huffman (wife of William H. Macy who is not indicted) and Lori Loughlin did.
The two actresses were caught up in a FBI sting operation that involved interviews with witnesses, bank records, flight records, emails, cell site data, and wiretaps. According to several press reports, arrest warrants have been issued after the charges were filed with a grand jury.
Dozens are accused including parents, coaches, college prep executives and others. Charges include bribery, cheating, and mail fraud.
Huffman was nominated for an Oscar in 2005 for Transamerica, but is well-known for her turn in Desperate Housewives. Her husband, Willam H. Macy appeared in Fargo and currently stars in the now-unfortunately titled Shameless.
According to CNN and other news outlets, Huffman has been charged with felony conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, according to court paperwork filed Monday in federal court in Massachusetts. Specifically, she is accused of paying $15,000 to an organization that then facilitated cheating for her daughter on the SATs, the indictment said.
Huffman also discussed the scheme in a recorded phone call with a cooperating witness, the indictment said. She has been arrested in Los Angeles.
Loughlin came to fame in the original series Full House and its reboot, Fuller House on Netflix, and is currently seen on the Hallmark Channel’s wholesome family series, When Calls the Heart.
This story will continue to be updated as it unfolds.