At least 50 people have been indicted for a scandal of millionaire bribes to obtain the access of their children to elite universities in the United States. On the list are the actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, who allegedly participated in a plot that included falsification of academic transcripts and college entrance exams.
According to the FBI, some parents paid up to $ 6.5 million for those services, in a list of prestigious schools that included Stanford, Yale, Georgetown, UCLA and USC. The structure was launched in 2011 and has already become the largest university-level network of its kind in the United States, according to the Attorney General of the District of Massachusetts, Andrew Lelling.
“These parents are an example of wealth and privileges,” he said, adding that they conspired to help their children “cheat” or buy admission to elite universities. His office has confirmed that at the center of the operation was Rick Singer, the man who established a non-profit organization and helped his client’s children to enter universities fraudulently.
Singer had a system to change the answers in exams of access to these centers. He even used a psychologist who authorized that these students could have more time to do the tests, alleging emotional issues.
In addition, Singer had a network of contacts with coaches on campuses in various parts of the country that falsified and exaggerated reports on the physical abilities of the students in question, a key factor of admission for many universities in the US.
Felicity Huffman, 56, is known for her role in the series Desperate Housewives , which she worked on from 2004 to 2012. Lori Loughlin, meanwhile, is also known for her career on the small screen , in her case for interpreting the role of Rebecca in the series Parezososzos.