Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman Indicted In College Admissions Scandal — Twitter Makes Aunt Becky Memes

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Full House vet Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman of Desperate Housewives fame have been indicted for allegedly playing a part in an Ivy league bribery scheme. The two were among over four dozen charged (from SAT and college administrators to coaches and parents) in a college admission cheating scandal where it is reported that wealthy people nationwide collectively paid over $25 million to get their children placed in top universities—namely, Yale, Georgetown, Stanford, UCLA and the University of Texas.

According to TMZ, a man named William Rick Singer, who plead guilty to racketeering, created a fake non-profit, charitable organization called Key Worldwide Foundation serving as a front to launder payments from parents that were interested in his help with placing their children in universities mentioned. Most payments totaled between $200k and $400k with some allegedly as high as a whopping $6.5 million. Parents were instructed by Singer to write off their “donations” on their tax returns.

Investigators found that Singer had two modes of pulling off this fraudulent scheme— falsifying SAT/ACT scores with the help of co-conspirators or by “creating fake athletic profiles and paying off college coaches to recruit students under false pretenses.”

U.S. Attorney of Massachusetts claims Felicity Hoffman chose the SAT route, while Lori Loughlin chose the athletics route for her daughter.

Hoffman and husband, William H. Macy, made a donation of over $15,000 to KWF to be involved in the scam. The warrant claims that Huffman and Macy were told by KWFs founder, “that he ‘controlled’ a testing center, and could arrange for a third party to purport to proctor their daughter’s SAT and secretly correct her answers afterwards.” Allegedly, Huffman’s daughter’s SAT scores saw a 400-point improvement with a 1420.

According to the warrant, Lori Loughlin and husband, known fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, reported “agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team.”

Transcripts from phone conversations were included in the warrant where it is reported that Huffman and Loughlin both discussed the plans of this elaborate scheme. “So we– so we just– so we just have to say we made a donation to your foundation and that’s it, end of story,” Loughlin questioned.

“This is a case where [the parents] flaunted their wealth, sparing no expense to cheat the system so they could set their children up for success with the best money can buy.”

-Jospeph Bonavolonta, FBI Boston Field Office

“There can be no separate college admission system for the wealthy and there will not be a separate criminal justice system either,” U.S. Attorney Lelling said. “We’re not talking about donating a building so a school is more likely to take your son or daughter, we’re talking about deception or fraud.”

The charges include conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. According to reports, Huffman has been arrested and is presently in custody and will be released on a signature bond.

After hearing the news, Twitter users couldn’t help but poke fun at Lori Loughlin who once played the notoriously wholesome Aunt Becky on Full House:

Looks like we got a Full House of Desperate folk potentially facing jail time, all in the name of greed and privilege. Anybody selling a “Get Out of Jail Free” card by chance?

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h/t The Blast

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