Two actresses involved in the US University ‘scam’ as reported by Brain Trust Hub on Wednesday have found their way out by bail with conditions.
The Hollywood star, best known for her leading role in Desperate Housewives, Felicity Huffman was among more than 40 people, including fellow actress Lori Loughlin, charged as part of a police investigation on Tuesday for a US University scam.
Felicity Huffman has been released on a $250,000 (£191,000) bail bond after appearing in court in connection with an alleged university admissions scam in the US.
It was a pathetic drama as Huffman looked repeatedly at her husband, actor William H Macy, during the proceedings in court in LA.
On the part of Lori Loughin, she was released on $1 million (£752,000) bail. Loughin was released by a court in LA on Thursday and was told by the Magistrate, Judge Steve Kim that she must limit her travel to the continental US and areas around Vancouver, Canada, for work.
Prosecutors allege Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, paid $500,000 (£378,000) to have their two daughters labelled as recruits to the University Of Southern California (USC) crew team, even though neither is a rower.
Their 19-year-old daughter Olivia Jade, a prominent social media star with almost two million subscribers on YouTube, is now studying at USC.
Sky News Reports on the Details of the Alleged Scam
More than 40 people have been charged over the alleged scheme, in which wealthy parents are said to have paid bribes to help get their children into America’s top universities.
At least nine athletic caoaches and 33 parents, many of them prominent in law, finance, fashion, the food and beverage industry and other fields, were charged.
“These parents are a catalogue of wealth and privilege,” prosecutor Andrew Lelling said as he announced the results of the fraud and conspiracy investigation, code-named Operation Varsity Blues, on Tuesday.
Among the parents charged are Hollywood stars Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin.
The coaches charged worked at universities including Yale, Stanford, Georgetown, Wake Forest, the University of Texas, the University of Southern California (USC) and the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).
The central figure in the scheme has been identified as admissions consultant William “Rick” Singer, founder of the Edge College & Career Network of Newport Beach, California.
He has pleaded guilty to charges including racketeering conspiracy and obstruction of justice.
No students have been charged, with authorities saying that in many cases the teenagers were unaware of what was going on.