According to gossip website TMZ,Court records show the actresses and others allegedly paid substantial sums of money — in some cases as much as $US 6 million ($A8.5 million) — to guarantee that their children would be accepted into prestigious universities such as Yale and Stanford.
The charges include conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, TMZ reported. “We’ve learned Felicity has been arrested and is presently in custody. We’re told she will be released on a signature bond … which essentially is a promise to appear in court,” stated the website on Tuesday.
The alleged scheme came to light after authorities discovered a California man who ran a business basically helping students get into the university of their choice. Parents allegedly paid the man a sum of money which he would funnel to a contact who was receptive to bribes, including a university administrator or athletic coach.
It is reported that Lori Loughlin and her husband reportedly paid $500,000 ($A705,000) to have their two daughters accepted into the rowing team at the University of Southern California — despite the fact that neither girl apparently were on the rowing crew.
Felicity Huffman and her husband, Shameless actor William H. Macy, reportedly made a charitable contribution of $15,000 ($A21,000) so their daughter could participate in a university entrance test cheating scheme.
Sadly, it appears that the children themselves were unaware that their parents had pulled strings to get them in to the top universities.