In bribing coaches as part of his scam Singer said he'd have the parents donate $50,000 to the athletics program in question as a first assurance that their child would be admitted to schools like Stanford, Georgetown, UCLA and others. Both were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud in indictments unsealed Tuesday in federal court in Boston. Payments averaged between $200,000 to $400,000, though in one instance, a parent paid Singer $6.5 million to facilitate their child's admission into college.
Dozens of people, including coaches at top universities around the country and a pair of Hollywood actresses, have been charged in a college admissions bribery takedown, federal authorities announced late Tuesday morning, March 12.
The scheme allegedly originates with one man who ran a business out of California helping students get into the college of their choice.
Loughlin portrayed Rebecca Donaldson in the iconic ABC sitcom Full House, and later reprised the character for Netflix's sequel series, Fuller House.
The documents unsealed from the investigation - called Operation Varsity Blues - showed Tuesday that Yale women's soccer coach Rudy Meredith is alleged to have helped non-recruits get into the prestigious Ivy League school by claiming they were recruits.
William "Rick" Singer, founder of for-profit college prep business Edge College & Career Network also known as "The Key", is allegedly the mastermind behind one of the largest college admissions scams to ever hit the us and went to great lengths - which included pricey fees - to ensure his clients' demands were met.
Lelling said Singer used Key Worldwide Foundation as a front for parents to pay for the services.
Prosecutors allege that fake athletic profiles were also made to make students look like strong high school athletes when they actually weren't.
Loughlin, a.k.a. Aunt Becky, apparently paid a total of $500,000 in exchange for having their daughters designated as crew recruits to USC, as evidence in emails from Loughlin.
Singer entered a guilty plea in Boston federal court Tuesday to charges that included racketeering conspiracy and obstruction of justice.
Loughlin's husband, Mossimo Giannulli, is also named in the court documents.
- No students were charged, prosecutors said they were often unaware of the measures being taken on their behalf.