I don’t think ANYONE saw this coming.
News today broke that Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin have been arrested and charged along with 48 others in a massive bribery scam involving some of the most elite colleges in the country. Apparently wealthy parents had been bribing college coaches and insiders at college testing centers to help get their children into top-tier universities.
Court records show the actresses and others allegedly paid hefty bribes — as much as $6 MILLION — to get their kids into various schools, including Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and the University of Southern California.
USA Today breaks it down even further:
Felicity Huffman, 56
Her kids: The Oscar-nominated actress and her husband, Oscar-nominated actor William H. Macy, 68, have two daughters, Sophia Grace, 18, and Georgia Grace, who turns 17 on March 14.
Her “spouse”: Macy is not on the list of nearly 40 parents who were charged with participating in the nationwide bribery scheme, and the FBI affidavit lists him only as “spouse.” But the affidavit says Huffman’s “spouse” participated in conversations at their Los Angeles home with a confidential witness about the scheme.
What did they allegedly do?: Huffman and her “spouse” made a “purported” charitable donation of $15,000 to Key Worldwide Foundation, a Newport Beach, Calif.,-based charitable organization, in February 2018, according to the affidavit.
The “contribution” was made to “participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her older daughter” prior to the December 2017 SAT college entrance exam. The SAT is the most common exam high-school students take before applying to colleges and universities..
The way the scheme worked, according to the affidavit, an individual identified as CW-1 (cooperating witness) told Huffman and her spouse that he “controlled” a college testing center where her daughter could take the college SAT and a “third party” would purport to proctor (or monitor during the exam) the daughter and “secretly correct her answers afterwards.”
“CW-1 has advised investigators that Huffman and her spouse agreed to the plan,” the affidavit says.
The daughter took the test at the West Hollywood Test Center instead of at her own high school. According to the affidavit, another individual, identified as CW-2, flew from Tampa to Los Angeles in December to proctor the SAT test.
CW-2 told investigators that each time he was in LA to proctor an exam, he “facilitated cheating, either by correcting the student’s answers after the test or by actively assisting the student during the exam.”
“Ultimately, Huffman’s daughter scored 1420 on the SAT, an improvement of approximately 400 points over her PSAT (the preliminary test to the SAT), taken without CW-2 a year earlier,” the affidavit adds.
Lori Loughlin, 54, and Mossimo Giannulli, 55
Their kids: The daytime Emmy-award winning actress and her husband, a fashion designer, have two daughters together, Isabella Rose, 20, and Olivia Jade, 19, who has a YouTube channel of beauty tips.
What did they allegedly do?: Investigators say in the affidavit that in July 2016, the couple “agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC (University of Southern California) crew team, despite the fact they did not participate in crew, thereby facilitating their admission to USC.”
CW-1 advised Giannulli in a July 2016 email that his older daughter’s academic qualifications were at or just below the “low end” of USC’s admission standards. “Thereafter, the Giannullis agreed with CW-1 to use bribes to facilitate her admission to USC as a recruited crew coxswain, even though she did not row competitively or otherwise participate in crew,” the affidavit says.
In October 2016, CW-1 instructed the couple to “send $50,000 to Donna Heinel, senior women’s associate athletic director at USC.” The daughter was notified she was admitted in March 2017, and one week later the couple was sent an invoice from Key Worldwide Foundation (KWF) for $200,000.
In April, Giannulli wired the money to KWF. “The following day, an employee of CW-1 sent the Giannullis a receipt from KWF falsely indicated that ‘no goods or services were exchanged’ for the purported donation” to the purported charity. (In order to qualify as a charity and as a tax deduction, no goods or services can be exchanged for supposed charitable donations.”
Heinel was among multiple college sports officials charged with conspiracy to commit racketeering in connection with the case.
The Giannullis also followed the same process for their younger daughter to get into USC, the affidavit says.
According to one of Olivia Jade’s online videos, she wasn’t that interested in college anyway because of her extensive work schedule, as she explained to her nearly 2 million followers in the summer of 2018.
“I don’t know how much of school I’m gonna attend,” she said in the video. “But I’m gonna go in and talk to my deans and everyone, and hope that I can try and balance it all. But I do want the experience of, like, game days, partying…I don’t really care about school, as you guys all know.”
She later apologized in another video.
Can’t wait to see how FOX News is going to run with THIS.