Felicity Huffman's Bond Set at $250,000 in College Admission Scandal

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A fast-moving college admissions scandal moved from bombshell indictments to guilty pleas in a matter of hours, yet the full fallout from the federal case against the rich and famous could take months or more to unfold.

$6.5 million - Allegedly spent in bribes from potential college parents for fake ACT/SAT scores, fabricated college entrance exams and money to secure athletics spots at universities.

Dozens, including Huffman, the Emmy-winning star of ABC's "Desperate Housewives", were arrested by midday Tuesday. Others appeared in courts in Boston, New York, Connecticut and elsewhere. Loughlin had not yet been arrested as of early Tuesday afternoon. Meredith, who accepted a 400,000 USA dollar bribe from Singer, is due to plead guilty, prosecutors said.

Mr Lelling said it was the largest college admissions scam to be prosecuted by the Department of Justice.

Students were allegedly admitted as students regardless of athletic ability, and received help cheating on entrance exams.

Even legally, wealth plays a role.

Although the Federal Bureau of Investigation recorded Macy discussing the bribe in the December 12 phone call, ultimately the pair decided against improving their second daughter's test scores.

In this case, however, Singer arranged for someone to take the test for the students, or paid insiders to fix their scores.

Following her charges of "conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud" on Tuesday, the internet came together both to reminisce over Full House, and to make a few jokes at Loughlin's expense. Once the student was accepted to the school, her family paid $1.2 million.

Huffman, 56, and her husband William Macy, the star of Showtime's hit series "Shameless", paid $15,000 for their first daughter to perform well on the test, but decided not to do the same with their second daughter.

Macy may have avoided being charged over the college admissions scandal because the incriminating emails were sent by his wife.

Loughlin and her husband are accused of agreeing to pay $500,000 in bribe to have their daughters recruited to the USC crew team, even though they had not previously participated in crew sports.

Among the parents charged was Gordon Caplan of Greenwich, Connecticut, co-chairman of the global law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher, based in NY.

Other parents charged include Manuel Henriquez, chief executive of specialty finance lender Hercules Capital; Gordon Caplan, co-chairman of worldwide law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher; Bill McGlashan Jr, who heads a buyout investment arm of private equity firm TPG Capital; and Douglas Hodge, former CEO of the investment management firm Pimco.

The person told investigators the couple agreed to the plan.

"But once he gets here, he just goes, he doesn't go to athletic orientation, He goes to the regular orientation like all my other kids just did. and everything's fine".

The racketeering conspiracy case includes the parents of applicants, ACT and SAT administrators, a test proctor, and coaches at universities including University of San Diego, UCLA, USC, Georgetown University, Stanford University, University of Texas, Wake Forest and Yale.



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