Hollywood actress Felicity Huffman and the husband of actress Lori Loughlin, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, are expected to appear in a Boston federal court later this month after being indicted in a college admissions scandal that has rocked the nation.
Loughlin is expected to appear in federal court in Los Angeles at 2 p.m. Wednesday to face her charges in connection to the scheme. She was taken into custody by the FBI on Wednesday morning, according to law enforcement sources.
Huffman, Giannulli, Loughlin and 47 other people were indicted by the U.S. attorney’s office in Boston and the FBI on Tuesday for the alleged widespread fraud. Dubbed “Operation Varsity Blues,” the scheme involved parents paying others to take their children’s SAT or ACT exam or get their children admitted into high-profile universities as recruited athletes.
The wealthy parents would then use the payments as charitable tax write-offs, according to court documents.
Douglas Hodge, former CEO of the investment firm Pimco, is scheduled to appear in federal court in Boston on Wednesday afternoon in connection to the scandal. He allegedly paid to have his kids accepted into the University of Southern California as athletic recruits.
Prosecutors say the ringleader of the scheme, William Rick Singer, would suggest parents claim their children have “learning disabilities” so they could take college entrance exams alone. Huffman, who starred in “Desperate Housewives,” allegedly paid $15,000 to get one of her daughters unlimited time during her SAT exam.
Loughlin and Giannulli, whose clothing line is sold in Target stores, allegedly agreed to pay $500,000 to increase their daughters’ chances of getting into USC.
Former Wynn executive Gamal Abdelaziz was also indicted in connection with the scandal. He, Huffman and Giannulli are expected to appear in Boston Federal Court on March 29, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in Boston.
Court documents reveal that from 2011 to 2019, Singer was paid about $25 million by wealthy parents to help their children get into elite university
Singer pleaded guilty to numerous charges on Tuesday afternoon. He faces up to 65 years behind bars.