Sinampahan ng kaso ang Desperate Housewives star na si Felicity Huffman at ang Fuller House star na si Lori Loughlin, kasama pa ang 40 others dahil sa connection nila sa isang college exam scheme. Ang tawag dito ng FBI ay "Operation Varsity Blues".
Ayon sa report ng E! News, 13 defendants were taken into custody sa Los Angeles area, kasama na rito si Huffman, para humarap sa korte.
Hindi nakasama sa pag-aresto si Loughlin dahil kasalukuyang out of the country ito. Kinontak na siya ng federal authorities para bumalik sa US para harapin ang kaso. Ang kanyang mister na si Mossimo Giannulli ay inaresto rin at pinaharap sa korte as ordered by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts.
Sa na-obtain na documents ng E! News, kasama ang dalawang Hollywood actresses sa tinatawag na "conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud."
Ang naturang scheme, ayon sa FBI, ay para ma-admit ang kanilang mga anak sa mga elite colleges tulad ng Georgetown, UCLA, USC, Stanford, University of San Diego, University of Texas at Austin, Wake Forest and Yale.
"Beginning in or about 2011, and continuing through the present, the defendants—principally individuals whose high-school aged children were applying to college—conspired with others to use bribery and other forms of fraud to facilitate their children's admission to colleges and universities in the District of Massachusetts and elsewhere, including Yale University, Stanford University, the University of Texas, the University of Southern California, and the University of California – Los Angeles, among others," ayon sa affidavit na hawak ng FBI.
Nakasaad sa documents na si Felicity at ang actor-husband niya na si William H. Macy ay kunwaring nag-donate ng charitable contribution sa halagang $15,000, pero para pala ito sa naturang scheme para makapasok ang eldest daughter nila college na gusto nila. Nakikipag-arrange na raw sila ulit para sa isa pa nilang daughter.
Humarap na ang Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning actress sa Los Angeles courtroom at pinagpiyansa ito ng $250,000 at pina-surrender ang kanyang passport. Haharap si Huffman sa federal court in Boston on March 29.
Gano'n din daw ang ginawa ni Loughlin at ng mister niyang Giannulli sa kanilang dalawang anak na babae.
"The Guannullis agreed to a 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," ayon pa sa documents ng FBI.
Dahil sa nationwide scheme na ito, naglabas ng official statement ang USC:
"We are aware of the ongoing wide-ranging criminal investigation involving universities nationwide, including USC. USC has not been accused of any wrongdoing and will continue to cooperate fully with the government's investigation. We understand that the government believes that illegal activity was carried out by individuals who went to great lengths to conceal their actions from the university. USC is conducting an internal investigation and will take employment actions as appropriate. USC is in the process of identifying any funds received by the university in connection with this alleged scheme," the statement concludes. "Additionally, the university is reviewing its admissions processes broadly to ensure that such actions do not occur going forward."
Ang tinuturong "middleman" sa national scheme na ito between parents and the universities ay si William "Rick" Singer. The 58-year old owner of Edge College & Career Network LLC was charged with racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy and obstruction of justice.
Ang naturang CEO ng Key Worldwide Foundation "has conspired with dozens of parents, athletic coaches, a university athletics administrator, and others, to use bribery and other forms of fraud to secure the admission of students to colleges and universities including Yale University, Georgetown University, Stanford University, the University of Southern California, and Wake Forest University, among others."
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