The charges stem from allegations that the accused paid large sums of money across several schools to bribe officials so they would accept their kids into prestigious colleges.
The bribes allegedly came through an admissions consulting company in Newport Beach, California. Singer pleaded guilty and his lawyer, Donald Heller, said his client intends to cooperate fully with prosecutors and is "remorseful and contrite and wants to move on with his life".
Prosecutors say parents paid 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. Once they were granted the time, authorities say, Singer told the parents to get their children to take the tests in two locations he "controlled".
On July 24, 2016, the corroborating witness allegedly emailed Giannulli essentially saying his older daughter was unlikely to get into USC on academics alone.More news: Premier League confirms investigation of Manchester City
"These parents are a catalogue of wealth and privilege", U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said in announcing the $25 million federal bribery case. News has confirmed that 13 defendants were taken into custody this morning in the Los Angeles area, including defendant Huffman. Huffman posted a $250,000 bond after an appearance in federal court in Los Angeles.
This combination of pictures created on March 12, 2019 shows USA actress Felicity Huffman (L) attending the Showtime Emmy Eve Nominees Celebration in Los Angeles on September 16, 2018 and actress Lori Loughlin arriving at the People's Choice Awards 2017 at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, on January 18, 2017. Hoda Kotb asked Loughlin as she sat beside her daughter Isabella whose grades were at or just below the "low end" of USC's admission standards, court documents revealed Tuesday. Loughlin shares two children with Target fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli (yes, that Mossimo) who has an estimated worth of $80 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
In many cases, authorities say, the children were unaware their parents had made this arrangement. Both were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud.
He went on: "For every student admitted through fraud, an honest, genuinely talented student was rejected". The investigation is said to have launched ten months before the indictments and was allegedly called the code name "Operation Varsity Blues" by the feds. UCLA suspended its soccer coach, and Wake Forest did the same with its volleyball coach.