Fuller House & Desperate Housewives Stars Indicted in College Admissions Scam

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The indictment, unsealed in federal court in Boston on Tuesday, charges almost 50 people with paying bribes to get their children into elite colleges.

Hollywood actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were charged along with almost 50 other people Tuesday in a scheme in which wealthy parents bribed college coaches and insiders at testing centers to get their children into some of the most elite schools in the country, federal prosecutors said.

At the center of the scheme was admissions consultant William "Rick" Singer, founder of the Edge College & Career Network of Newport Beach, California, authorities said.

Singer became a cooperating witness with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The scandal is that these parents paid substantial bribes to admissions officers and varsity coaches to get their children admitted to schools under the pretense these children were athletic recruits.

In some cases, college entrance exam administrators were paid off to allow a Florida man take the tests for the children of Singer's clients.

The FBI and USA attorney's office in Boston held a press conference this morning to provide more information in the case.

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TMZ reports that Huffman has been arrested and is presently in custody, and will be released on a signature bond. Huffman posted a $250,000 bond after an appearance in federal court in Los Angeles. The latter is where Loughlin's daughter, Olive Jade, recently started her freshman year.

"She's not going to go far, but my husband keeps saying, 'Lori, you're not gonna see her so just be prepared, '" Loughlin said in the clip.

The "Full House" star the and Oscar nominee are two of the 50 parents and coaches charged in a plot to get their children into schools including Georgetown, Stanford, UCLA, University of San Diego, USC, University of Texas, Wake Forest, and Yale.

John Vandemoer, the former head sailing coach at Stanford, was also expected to plead guilty Tuesday.

Rudy Meredith, who resigned last fall as the winningest women's soccer coach in Yale University history, was among nine coaches indicted.

Officials said most students involved were unaware of the scheme. Several of the colleges involved made no mention of taking any action against the students. Both were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud.

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