Actress Lori Loughlin and 15 other parents have been indicted in a college admissions scandal with conspiring to commit fraud and money laundering.
Sixteen parents were implicated in the college admissions scandal, including Loughlin, 54, a former actress who starred in the TV show Full House. They have now been charged in a second superseding indictment, the Justice Department announced.
The college admissions scandal includes allegations of a scheme to use bribery to cheat on college entrance exams and to facilitate their children's admission to selective colleges and universities as purported athletic recruits.
Actress Felicity Huffman has already agreed to plead guilty in the sweeping college admissions cheating scam that has ensnared wealthy parents and athletic coaches at some of the nation's most selective universities, federal authorities said Monday.
The defendants, all of whom were arrested last month on a criminal complaint, are charged with conspiring with William "Rick" Singer, 58, of Newport Beach, California, and others, to bribe SAT and ACT exam administrators to allow a test taker to secretly take college entrance exams in place of students, or to correct the students' answers after they had taken the exam, and with bribing university athletic coaches and administrators to facilitate the admission of students to elite universities as purported athletic recruits.
Defendants are also charged with conspiring to launder the bribes and other payments in furtherance of the fraud by funneling them through Singer's purported charity and his for-profit corporation, as well as by transferring money into the United States, from outside the United States, for the purpose of promoting the fraud scheme.
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