Actors Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman among those busted. Unlike the normal rich folks alumni bribing, these people bribed test coaches and staff directly instead of the institution itself.
The FBI recorded phone calls involving the celebrities and a cooperating witness, according to the criminal complaint. Representatives for Loughlin and Huffman did not immediately return requests for comment.
The plot involved students who attended or were seeking to attend Georgetown University, Stanford University, UCLA, the University of San Diego, USC, University of Texas, Wake Forest, and Yale, according to federal prosecutors.
Prosecutors said the scheme was masterminded by William Rick Singer, the founder of a for-profit college preparation business based in Newport Beach, California.
Parents paid Singer between $15,000 and $75,000 per test for someone else to take the SAT or ACT exams in place of their college-aged sons or daughters, according to the court papers.
Many of the kids didn’t even know it was happening. They took fake tests while the conspirators submitted the real tests taken by the paid coaches.