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Felicity Huffman Released On Bail

Huffman Released On Bail Actress Felicity Huffman has been released on a $250,000 bail bond after appearing in court in connection with an alleged university admissions scam. The Hollywood...

Huffman Released On Bail

Actress Felicity Huffman has been released on a $250,000 bail bond after appearing in court in connection with an alleged university admissions scam. The Hollywood star, best known for her leading role in Desperate Housewives, was among more than 40 people, including fellow actress Lori Loughlin, charged as part of a police investigation on Tuesday.

It is alleged that wealthy parents allegedly bribed college coaches and insiders at testing centers to help get their children into some of the most elite universities in the country, including Stanford and Yale. Authorities have called it the biggest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the US Justice Department, with the parents accused of paying an estimated $25 million in bribes.

In court in LA, Huffman looked repeatedly at her husband, actor William H Macy, during the proceedings. The whereabouts of Full House star Loughlin, who was charged along with her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, are not clear.

A magistrate judge in Los Angeles set a $1 million bond for Giannulli, and he and Huffman were both told to surrender their passports.

What are the details of the alleged scam?

More than 40 people have been charged over the alleged scheme, in which wealthy parents are said to have paid bribes to help get their children into America’s top universities. At least nine athletic coaches and 33 parents, many of them prominent in law, finance, fashion, the food and beverage industry and other fields, were charged.

“These parents are a catalog of wealth and privilege,” prosecutor Andrew Lelling said as he announced the results of the fraud and conspiracy investigation, code-named Operation Varsity Blues, on Tuesday. Among the parents charged are Hollywood stars Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin.

The coaches charged worked at universities including Yale, Stanford, Georgetown, Wake Forest, the University of Texas, the University of Southern California (USC) and the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). The central figure in the scheme has been identified as admissions consultant William “Rick” Singer, founder of the Edge College & Career Network of Newport Beach, California.

He has pleaded guilty to charges including racketeering conspiracy and obstruction of justice. No students have been charged, with authorities saying that in many cases the teenagers were unaware of what was going on.

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