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.
Aunt Becky…SMH pic.twitter.com/xAhBQzORGW— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) March 12, 2019
For $500,000 my child better be getting into Hogwarts, forget USC. Damn Aunt Becky pic.twitter.com/Dqh0I2Y9mg— Simone Scott (@Simone_Scott) March 12, 2019
Judge: How do you wish to plea?— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) March 12, 2019
Aunt Becky: Have mercy!
Judge: (bangs gavel) Order in the court!
Aunt Becky: How rude.
Judge: Please stop speaking in only Full House quotes or I’ll find you in contempt.
Aunt Becky: You got it dude!
Aunt Becky apparently learned nothing from the DJ’s SAT nightmare episode pic.twitter.com/fUxnv4ekUu— ℂ𝕙𝕒𝕪𝕒 (@ChayaBaliga) March 12, 2019
Ah, Aunt Becky, how the tables have turned. pic.twitter.com/kohi5bpp5w— Michael Anthony Adams (@MichaelAdams317) March 12, 2019
Aunt Becky using her rich white privilege to bribe her rich white kids’ way into USC might be the Beckyest thing to ever Becky.— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) March 12, 2019
I made a song for Aunt Becky. pic.twitter.com/vRWrg3sXq3— Akilah Hughes (@AkilahObviously) March 12, 2019
I’d have thought Uncle Jessie would have been hauled in by the feds waaaaay before Aunt Becky— Ken Carman (@KenCarman) March 12, 2019
On the way to bail out Aunt Becky !! pic.twitter.com/WkiS34kFAW— Ave (@SebastianAvenue) March 12, 2019
“DJ, Aunt Becky is going to jail” pic.twitter.com/N4t91WxEj0— Mike Carp (@Mikecarppp) March 12, 2019
Don’t be mad at Aunt Becky. Those kids weren’t getting an athletic scholarship with Uncle Jesse’s genes. pic.twitter.com/fR4sRXOZrF— Chris Marler (@CMarlerSDS) March 12, 2019
I have incontrovertible video proof that Aunt Becky is actually innocent and is taking the fall for Uncle Jesse. pic.twitter.com/gjGhvUMeYM— Justin Whang 🐙 (@JustinWhang) March 12, 2019
When you gotta break aunt Becky out of jail. pic.twitter.com/ouwPjstDnV— Travon Free (@Travon) March 12, 2019
Can’t believe someone who lived under Danny Tanner’s Roof would choose this path of moral conduct.— Josh (@JDTrey2) March 12, 2019
A picture of Lori Laughlin filling out college entrance exams in the 80s pic.twitter.com/LN44Oefsya— CliftonAve (@theCliftonAve) March 12, 2019
Aunt Becky’s spin-off show is gonna be so good pic.twitter.com/TRr7RrWHIm— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) March 12, 2019
Judge: Your still lookin at 29 years..— tay (@tayyy715) March 12, 2019
6ix9ine: You remember aunt becky…? pic.twitter.com/tb77YRMboE
Finally someone is brought to justice for the heinous act of mail fraud pic.twitter.com/jGP26WzNx2— Dougie McFuckIts (@DougieMcFuckIts) March 12, 2019
How could Aunt Becky do this to Uncle Jesse?— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) March 12, 2019
did i expect aunt becky to become a meme about inequality in college admissions today? no ………. but the lord works in mysterious ways— hunter harris (@hunteryharris) March 12, 2019
Damn Aunt Becky been ride or die pic.twitter.com/3FnRCWXfCn— Joanna Gaines’s Side Nigga (@TwanTargaryen) March 12, 2019
we been knew Aunt Becky pic.twitter.com/80j11vzvhY— neff ☆ (@theneffdiaries) March 12, 2019
Ever since Uncle Jesse tried to help DJ cheat on the SAT we should’ve known Aunt Becky would be tempted pic.twitter.com/6Lx32IxH2J— Brian Proferes (@bproferes) March 12, 2019
When you realize Aunt Becky’s going to jail: pic.twitter.com/CfNJmdmrv1— Geraldine Hermione (@Stahp4RedLights) March 12, 2019
Aunt Becky back at it again pic.twitter.com/JHIofozIOF— Nicholas Ryan (@Nicky_Ry24) March 12, 2019
First Aunt Becky witness called to the stand pic.twitter.com/ENEPkOPJBE— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) March 12, 2019
Aunt Becky paid $500,000 to bribe her daughters’ way into USC? A HALF A MILLION DOLLARS just to get them into USC? How bad were their grades and test scores? pic.twitter.com/dBpSpdrnnm— Ooooh Billy Billy Billy Billy (@Old_Billy_Baroo) March 12, 2019
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?
h/t The Blast