The FBI has uncovered a large-scale cheating scheme on college entrance exams that involved Hollywood stars, CEOs and college coaches, according to documents that were unsealed on Tuesday.
According to ABC News, actresses, CEOs and college coaches allegedly paid up to $6 million in bribes to get their children into elite colleges.
NBC News reported that the “alleged scheme focused on getting students admitted to elite universities as recruited athletes, regardless of their athletic abilities, and helping potential students cheat on their college exams, according to the indictment unsealed in Boston.”
There are 47 people charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. Two of the bigger names involved were Felicity Huffman, who played Lynette Scavo in Desperate Housewives, and Lori Loughlin, best known for her role as Aunt Becky on Full House.
From NBC News:
The FBI recorded phone calls involving the celebrities and a cooperating witness, according to the criminal complaint. Representatives for Loughlin and Huffman did not immediately return requests for comment.
The plot involved students who attended or were seeking to attend Georgetown University, Stanford University, UCLA, the University of San Diego, USC, University of Texas, Wake Forest, and Yale, according to federal prosecutors.
According to the report, the universities named were not involved in any wrongdoing.