The parents allegedly paid people to take tests for their children, bribed test administrators to skew SAT results, and bribed college coaches to falsely claim they were gifted athletes, according to the court docs, which were unsealed on March 12.
Meanwhile, William "Rick" Singer, 58, was charged racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud USA and obstruction of justice for his alleged involvement in the scheme. E! She answered "yes" to several questions from the federal magistrate, including whether she understood the charges against her.
Code-named "Operation Varsity Blues", the investigation found that 33 parents paid admissions counselor William Singer a total of $25 million to get their kids into college.
The scandal is prompting anger and disbelief among local high school students and college consulting firms. "The department is looking closely at this issue and working to determine if any of our regulations have been violated".
Huffman posted a $250,000 bond Tuesday after an appearance in federal court in Los Angeles. Her husband, actor William H. Macy, is referred to in the indictment but has not been charged with any crime.
The 54-year-old "Desperate Housewives" actress was arrested Tuesday morning after she was accused of paying a bribe to help get their daughter into a top university.
Henriquez and his wife, Elizabeth, of Atherton, California, were charged with participating in the scheme on four occasions for their two daughters.
The coaches worked at colleges including Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and the University of Southern California. Several of the coaches accused of accepting bribes have been fired, placed on leave or have resigned.
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His lawyer, Michael CitaraManis, said his client isn't a flight risk. "But I do want the experience of game days, partying - I don't really care about school, as you guys all know".
Four people accused of running the scam, and 13 officials associated with university sports and the testing system were also charged.
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Numerous coaches were quickly fired or suspended by the colleges.
No students were charged. Coaches, athletic directors took millions. "Here, [the documents suggest that the FBI] has recordings of phone calls with Ms. Huffman discussing the arrangement, including how the organization planned to hide the $15,000 as a charitable donation".
Also, Gordon Ernst, a former tennis head coach at Georgetown University, has a vacation home in MA. Center's attorney has said the coach denies the allegations. UCLA suspended its soccer coach, and Wake Forest did the same with its volleyball coach. The university's outside counsel is conducting an internal review, Hatch said.
No students have been charged, with authorities saying that in many cases the teenagers were unaware of what was going on.
According to a Tuesday press release, Singer owned and operated the Edge College & Career Network LLC ("The Key") - a for-profit college counseling and preparation business - and served as the CEO of the Key Worldwide Foundation (KWF) - a non-profit corporation that he established as a purported charity. Instead, they took her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, into custody, but he was released after posting $1 million bail.