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Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman charged in exam cheating scheme

A host of wealthy parents have been indicted in connection with the alleged scheme

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Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman is one of nearly 40 individuals charged in connection with an alleged college entrance exam scheme.

The ‘scheme’ allegedly involved helping students cheat on entrance exams at elite universities like Yale, Stanford and Georgetown.

According to BBC News, court documents have claimed that the actress made a “charitable contribution” of $15,000 to participate in the scheme, on behalf of her eldest daughter.

Felicity, who was ‘secretly’ recorded discussing the scheme with a co-operating witness, was charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

 

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The mother-of-two, who is married to actor William H. Macy, appeared in a Los Angeles courtroom on Tuesday, and was later released on $250,000 bail.

Before leaving court, Felicity was ordered to surrender her passport, and is required to seek pre-trial approval for any travel. She’s set to appear in federal court in Boston on March 29.

Fellow actress Lori Loughlin was also charged alongside her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli.

According to court documents, the pair allegedly “agreed to pay bribes totalling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits” to the University of Southern California (USC) rowing team.

 

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Meanwhile, William “Rick” Singer has been charged for running the alleged scheme through his company Edge College & Career Network.

In Boston federal court on Tuesday, the 58-year-old pleaded guilty to charges including money laundering, racketeering, and obstruction of justice.

William is set to be sentenced in June, and he could face a maximum of 65 years in prison.

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