A whole host of Hollywood elites, most notably Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, have now been implicated in a widespread college entrance exam and acceptance scheme. The FBI’s investigation into the cheating has led to nearly 50 people being served with federal indictments. Both Felicity Huffman and Loughlin’s husband, Mossimo Giannulli, have already been arrested. Loughlin is reportedly out of the county, but police have ordered her to return to the states and turn herself in by March 13th.
The investigation, dubbed “Operation Varsity Blues,” looked into the common practices that elites use to get their children into top-notch schools. While colleges around the county claim to accept students based on merit, the FBI’s investigation found that this wasn’t always the case.
The FBI used recorded phone calls and interviews to piece together the situation. Investigators learned that William Rick Singer was running a “college counseling” program that promised to help the “wealthiest families in the U.S. get their kids into school.” It remains to be seen how Singer convinced various schools to take these wealthy elitist students, but police have confirmed that Huffman gave him nearly $15,000 to help her daughter cheat on her SATs. Police also suspect that Loughlin and Giannulli paid over $500,000 to ensure their two daughters were accepted into the University of Southern California. The couple reportedly paid some of the money to an individual to vouch that their youngster was part of the rowing team, which was a complete fabrication.
Prosecutors will be uncovering more facts as the case progresses. Some individuals allegedly paid amounts as high as $6 million to ensure their kids got into the best schools.
Police are not taking this lightly. Investigators believe other applicants were deprived of a fair shot at admission due to the bribing of multiple school officials.