Macy Wasn't Arrested While Wife Felicity Huffman Was
Mar 14 2019
The accused, who also include chief executives, financiers, a winemaker and fashion designer, allegedly cheated in admissions tests or arranged for bribes to get their children into prestigious schools including Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and the University of Southern California, federal prosecutors said.
Prosecutors say parents paid William Singer, an admissions consultant, $25 million from 2011 through February 2019 to bribe coaches and administrators to label their children as recruited athletes to boost their chances of getting into schools. Academic officials, including the former women's soccer coach at Yale University are also facing charges.
Huffman, 56, and her husband William Macy, the star of Showtime's hit series "Shameless", paid $15,000 for their first daughter to perform well on the test, but decided not to do the same with their second daughter.
"For every student admitted through fraud an honest, genuinely talented student was rejected", he added.
William "Rick" Singer, 58, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges related to running the scheme through his Edge College & Career Network, which charged between $100,000 and $2.5 million per child for the services and masked as contributions to a scam charity Singer runs, according to Reuters. She was arrested without incident at her California home, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said. Loughlin had been in Vancouver but returned to California Wednesday morning, where she was taken into custody.
Northern Westchester native Felicity Huffman has been released on a $250,000 bond a day after she reportedly woke up to something out of a scene of a movie.
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.
Her next preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 29 at a Boston court, Deadline reported.
No students were charged, with authorities saying that in many cases the teenagers were unaware of what was going on.
Singer also helped parents stage photographs of their children playing sports or even Photoshopped children's faces on to images of athletes downloaded from the internet to exaggerate their athletic credentials. Several of the colleges involved made no mention of taking any action against the students. Both, said Ocasio-Cortez, are examples of how money can get you "in".
IMG Academy in Bradenton said late Tuesday that 36-year-old Mark Riddell has been suspended indefinitely.