Hollywood stars Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman are in some hot water after being charged in a college bribery investigation.
According to ABC11 Tuesday, “among 50 people” are involved in the nationwide investigation.
Loughlin allegedly paid bribes in the range of $500,000 to get her daughters into the University of Southern California, and Huffman allegedly made “made a purported charitable contribution of $15,000 … to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her eldest daughter.” It’s not clear what school Huffman was allegedly gunning for her daughter to be accepted into. (SLIDESHOW: These Are The Hottest Women On Instagram)
ABC11 reported the following Tuesday on how the scam allegedly worked:
The alleged scam centered around a man in California who ran a business helping students get into the college of their choice.
Authorities say parents would pay him a predetermined amount, with full knowledge of what they were doing. He would then steer the money to one of two places: either an SAT or ACT administrator, or a college athletic coach.
The coaches would allegedly arrange a fake profile that listed the prospective student as an athlete, and exam administrators would either hire proctors to take the test or correct the answers of a student.
This is one of the wildest stories I’ve read in a long time, and it involves Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and USC. Who in their right mind would allegedly bribe their way into any of those schools? (RELATED: USC’s Football Team Hires Graham Harrell As Their New Offensive Coordinator)
Not to mention they’re going after coaches who agreed to apparently participate in this scam. How dumb would you need to be as a college coach to take bribes for an admission scheme?
It’s one thing to take money if you’re getting an elite or program-changing recruit. It’s a whole different story if you’re taking money to facilitate the entrance of students through college athletic programs.
Loughlin allegedly had her daughters pose as members of the crew team. Crew team! Are you kidding me? If you’re going to bribe your way into a school, you might as well shoot for a sports team that matters.
If these charges are true, then just about everybody involved is an idiot. Finally, my heart stopped when I saw college coaches were involved.
I thought more college basketball coaches were going down. Turns out, it’s about sports that nobody really cares about. Looks like we dodged a bullet there.
I’m not sure we could stomach even more college basketball trials.