The Justice Department charged more than 30 people, including two TV stars, with being part of a scheme to bribe and cheat to get their kids into big-name colleges.
” Of the 50 people charged as part of the FBI‘s Operation Varsity Blues, 33 were parents, officials said, warning that the investigation is ongoing and others could be charged.”
Among those charged are actresses Felicity Huffman, best known for her role on the television show “Desperate Housewives,” and Lori Loughlin, who appeared on “Full House,” according to court documents.
UPDATE: Actress Felicity Huffman is in Federal custody after being arrested at her home without incident. There is an arrest warrant out for actress Lori Loughlin, who was NOT in Los Angeles this morning when Federal agents went to her home per officials familiar.
— Andrew Blankstein (@anblanx) March 12, 2019
Olivia Jade said that she only wanted to go to college to party and go to football games… are we really shocked that her mom was involved in a bribery to get her admitted to USC?😬😬 pic.twitter.com/8t3qdZUzIP
— Mal (@bbmalxo) March 12, 2019
“Authorities said the FBI investigation, code named Operation Varsity Blues, uncovered a network of wealthy parents who paid thousands of dollars to a California man who boosted their children’s chances of gaining entrance into elite colleges, such as Yale and Stanford, by paying people to take tests for their children, test administrators to allow it to happen, and college coaches and administrators to identify the applicants as athletes.”
More about Felicity Huffman, according to charging documents… pic.twitter.com/AkEXn7rcJI
— Eriq Gardner (@eriqgardner) March 12, 2019
LORI LOUGHLIN – Criminal cover sheet pic.twitter.com/TcYr2fzS9I
— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) March 12, 2019
Aunt Becky went for it:
Lori Loughlin indicted as she “agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team…thereby facilitating their admission to USC.” https://t.co/jXPbJTVREi
— Bo Erickson (@BoKnowsNews) March 12, 2019
“We have not seen the schools as co-conspirators with this activity,” says US Attorney Andrew Lelling as parents, sports coaches and college prep executives are accused of carrying out a national conspiracy to get students into prestigious colleges. https://t.co/YZNbVRNaFm pic.twitter.com/K6kqfiH1bX
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) March 12, 2019