Unsealed court documents have let the public in on a massive college entrance exam cheating scheme in Boston.
The plot is alleged to have revolved around securing the admission of students to major universities as recruited athletes “regardless of their athletic abilities” and assisting prospective enrollees with exam cheats (i.e. SAT and ACT), per an NBC News report filed Tuesday.
Affected universities allegedly include Stanford, Georgetown, UCLA, and Yale. Among the dozens of people named in the indictment are multiple coaches, as well as Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin. Huffman and husband William H. Macy are alleged to have given a “charitable donation of $15,000” to participate in the scheme on behalf of their oldest daughter. Macy, however, is not listed in federal documents as among those hit with a charge. Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli are accusedof agreeing to “pay bribes totaling $500,000” in exchange for USC crew team designation, which was aimed at ensuring institution acceptance. Giannulli is named among those hit with charges.
As for Macy’s commission from the list of charged alleged participators, deeper dives into the court documents show a possible reason why. Per Page Six, Macy and Huffman allegedly declined to pay up $15,000 to boost their younger daughter’s test scores. Prosecutors have also not spoken of evidence on Macy, i.e. email communications or phone records, prior to a December 2017 SAT exam.
Huffman was among those taken into custody Tuesday morning. Though initial reports added Loughlin to that assortment, she was reportedly not in the Los Angeles area Tuesday morning when federal officials showed up at her home.
The alleged scam is further described by federal investigators as a “nationwide conspiracy that facilitated cheating.” Per documents, the majority of allegedly affected students had no knowledge that the scheme was in play. Other charges scattered across the newly revealed documents include conspiracy to commit racketeering, money laundering, and obstruction of justice. All told, millions in bribes are alleged to have been paid out.
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