The schools include Yale, Stanford, Georgetown University and the University of Southern California, federal prosecutors said. Both were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud in indictments unsealed Tuesday in federal court in Boston.
Some of the 32 defendants are accused of bribing administrators to facilitate cheating on college-entrance exams - by having a smarter student take the test, providing students with answers to exams or correcting their answers after they had completed the exams, according to the criminal complaint filed in federal court.
Dozens of people, including prominent celebrities, are facing charges in connection with a nationwide college admissions cheating scandal.
Prosecutors say this is the largest college admissions cheating scam ever prosecuted in the U.S. Those indicted allegedly paid bribes from $200,000 to up to $6 million each to get their children into the elite schools.
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The FBI says 13 defendants the scam have been taken into custody in the Los Angeles area, including actress Felicity Huffman.
According to court documents, for $15,000, Huffman, who is married to "Speechless" star William H. Macy, received advice on how to get extra time for her daughter to take the SAT by claiming she had a learning disability.
Singer was charged with running the largest college admissions fraud scam in USA history through his small college preparation company in Newport Beach, California. Loughlin is famous as Aunt Becky on the beloved '90s sitcom Full House, and she's made numerous appearances on its Netflix revival series, Fuller House. Parents would pay this man and he would "steer the money" to either an SAT/ACT administrator or college athletic coach.
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The indictment said Meredith conspired with California businessman William Rick Singer, the owner of a for-profit college entrance company.
Bribery payments were disguised as donations to KWF in sums up to $75,000 per SAT or ACT exam, the Justice Department said, noting that many students didn't realize their parents had staged anything.
The firm also allegedly created detailed fake athletic profiles for students - including photo-shopping the faces of potential students on to pictures of athletes found online - allowing students to be recruited on athletic scholarships. In return, Loughlin's two daughters were accepted to USC as "recruits to the USC crew team-despite the fact that they did not participate in crew".
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