Desperate Housewives' Felicity Huffman released on bail after college bribery arrest

Desperate Housewives' Felicity Huffman released on bail after college bribery arrest

Desperate Housewives' Felicity Huffman released on bail after college bribery arrest

Some spent between $200,000 and $6.5 million to guarantee admissions for their children, FBI Special Agent Joseph Bonavolonta said.

An FBI spokeswoman said that a tactical team was not used to arrest the actress "but all FBI agents are armed and may draw their weapons as a precautionary measure based on the circumstances during the execution of any warrant", she added. Her husband, the designer Mossimo Gianulli, is also charged with fraud, and appeared in court in Los Angeles on Tuesday before being released on $1 million bail.

William "Rick" Singer has been charged with running the alleged scheme through his company Edge College & Career Network.

Loughlin is best known for her role as Aunt Becky in "Full House" while Huffman is known for her role on "Desperate Housewives". The 54-year-old actress' travel has been restricted to the United States and Canada, as she is filming Garage Sale Mystery, a film series for Hallmark, in Vancouver.

Prosecutors say the coaches were bribed to indicate students were being considered as athletic recruits, because universities "typically apply different criteria when evaluating applications from students with demonstrated athletic abilities".

Fallout from a sweeping college admissions scandal swiftly spread Wednesday, with actress Lori Loughlin surrendering ahead of a Los Angeles court hearing and a Silicon Valley hedge fund replacing its leader.

The elaborate scheme involved bribing the administrators of college entrance tests to allow a child's wrong answers to be corrected and bribing university athletic coaches to attest a child was a gifted athlete even if he or she was anything but.


According to authorities, the investigation, code-named Operation Varsity Blues, uncovered a large group of wealthy parents who paid thousands of dollars to boost their kids' chances of getting into elite universities, namely Georgetown University, Stanford University, Yale, UCLA, the University of San Diego, the University of Southern California, the University of Texas, and Wake Forest.

No students were charged, with authorities saying that in many cases the teenagers were unaware of what was going on.

Rudy Meredith, who was the Yale women's soccer coach for 24 years, is accused of receiving $400,000 to accept a recruit despite knowing she did not play competitive soccer.

The report also claims that Huffman "later made arrangements to pursue the scheme for a second time" to help her youngest daughter through the admission process, but ultimately chose "not to do" so.

"We're not talking about donating a building so a school is more likely to take your son or daughter, we're talking about deception or fraud", Lelling said. "They anxious their daughters are as stupid as their mothers", Kellyanne Conway said in a social media post Tuesday. Huffman was arrested earlier today on charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, and Loughlin will be turning herself into authorities in Los Angeles later today.

"The parents and other defendants are clearly the prime movers in this fraud". Macy has not been charged in the case.

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