- Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman were just charged in a huge college entrance exam cheating scandal.
- Forty other people were charged for trying to get their students accepted into top universities by cheating on exams and bribing college coaches recruiting.
Remember the tortuous days of stressing over the Common App and studying for hours on end for the SATs and ACTs? Well, now there’s a huge scandal rocking Hollywood involving Full House actress Lori Loughlin and Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman in which they allegedly cheated to get their kids admitted to top universities.
According to NBC and The Hollywood Reporter, the scheme involved millions of dollars in bribes, getting some of the teens recruited as student athletes, and flat-out cheating on entrance exams. There’s allegedly a man in California who runs a business funneling money to SAT or ACT administrators and college coaches to help students get accepted into their preferred college. Notably, it sounds like none of the kids knew that their parents had pulled some major strings to get them into school. Rough.
Huffman and Loughlin were among 40 people charged with conspiracy to commit mail and honest services fraud. Huffman, who allegedly used the service for her eldest daughter and debated using it for her younger daughter, was just arrested and is reportedly in police custody. Apparently, there are FBI phone recordings with Huffman and a witness.
Loughlin and her husband allegedly “agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team—despite the fact that they did not participate in crew—thereby facilitating their admission to USC.” Can you imagine showing up to the first day of college expected to row crew? Lol. It probably didn’t go down that way but still. Wow.
Which schools were these parents so set on getting their kids into? The list includes the University of Southern California, Georgetown, Yale, Stanford, the University of California Los Angeles, the University of San Diego, Wake Forest, and the University of Texas. Yikes.
Ummm. Guess we all just have to sit, watch, and play this video on repeat until something happens.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan US.