Consulting company founder pleads guilty to running college admissions bribery scheme

Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman

The Associated Press reports racketeering conspiracy charges were brought against coaches at schools including Wake Forest University, Georgetown and the University of Southern California.

Loughlin and Huffman were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud. Payments averaged between $200,000 to $400,000, though in one instance, a parent paid Singer $6.5 million to facilitate their child's admission into college.

USC President Wanda Austin addressed her university's involvement in a nationwide college admissions cheating, bribery and recruitment scheme.

Singer, 58, has been called the "ringleader" behind the scheme, purportedly collecting roughly $25 million from dozens of individuals including actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin over the course of almost a decade to bribe school coaches and administrators into pretending their children were athletic recruits to ensure their admission into top tier colleges, prosecutors say. The allegations against actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman provide insights into how these two alleged schemes worked.

Actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman are among 50 people charged in a large-scale college admissions cheating plot, ABC7 reports.

Huffman is accused of paying $15,000 - disguised as a charitable donation - to the Key Worldwide Foundation so her oldest daughter could participate in the scam.

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Singer was charged with running the largest college admissions fraud scam in USA history through his small college preparation company in Newport Beach, California.

In a letter shared on Tuesday after court documents implicated four current and former USC athletics staff members among the 50 people charged in the FBI's investigation into the scandal, Austin addressed USC as "a victim".

In 2007 Singer began operating the Edge College & Career Network, also known as "The Key" - a college counseling and preparation services business, authorities said.

Loughlin appeared in the ABC sitcom "Full House", and Huffman starred in ABC's "Desperate Housewives". According to the AP, prosecutors allege fake athletic profiles were made and administrators were bribed to allow a Florida man to take admissions tests on behalf of students. The administrator would either correct the student's test answers or even hire a proctor to take it for them.

Loughlin's husband, Mossimo Giannulli, is also named in the court documents.

Singer is expected to cop to racketeering charges Tuesday afternoon in Boston federal court as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors. Then, Singer paid Mark Riddell, another defendant, to bribe the two exam administrators, prosecutors said.

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