In Case You Missed it, Here’s Everything You Need to Know about the #CollegeCheatingScandal
For most of March, the internet was inundated with news about the college admissions scam, dubbed as the largest of its kind. If you’re living under the rock and have not been following the reports, this scandal accuses parents of resorting to illegal means just so their kids can enter prestigious schools. Head on over to social media and search for the #collegecheatingscandal and you’ll see a plethora of mad posts that underline how unfair the system is.
One of those charged was multi-award-winning actress Felicity Huffman, who allegedly sent $15,000 to a fake charity of Rick Singer, the ringleader, for her daughter Sofia to be able to cheat on the SATs. The “Desperate Housewives” alum shares two daughters with William H. Macy and according to court documents, the matriarch was about to go for a second arrangement for her other daughter, Georgia, but later on, decided not to push through with the scheme.
Other high-profile personalities in the case were actress Lori Loughlin and husband designer Mossimo Giannulli who reportedly paid $500,000 as bribes so that their daughters Olivia and Bella can go to the University of Southern California as a member of the crew team when in fact, they didn’t row.
The younger one has a massive social media presence and had always been open in her vlogs about random things, even about how she felt about school — that she just went to college to party and that she “literally never” attended high school. The parents sent photos of their kids rowing to the scam leader.
Guilty or Not Guilty?
On May 13, Felicity pleaded guilty in the bribery scheme, which just showed just how parents are willing to go great lengths for their kids. As a result, she could be facing at least four months behind bars but it would also depend on the judge, sentencing is set on Sept. 13. Because of her admission, she may have spared her daughter from further embarrassment. In April, the “American Crime” actress issued a statement wherein she apologized to Sofia, who she said had nothing to do with the plan.
Lori and Mossimo, meanwhile, previously pleaded not guilty and had refused to enter a plea deal because they would serve jail time, which seemingly aggravated the matter. Unlike Felicity who will probably serve for a few months, the husband-and-wife-duo is seeing a maximum of 20 years in prison after the prosecutors slapped them with money laundering conspiracy charges after declining the offered plea deal that reportedly would have them behind bars for about two years.
As expected, the scandal triggered a public uproar not only from parents but kids as well who expressed frustrations about the injustice for deserving students. Just a few days after the scandal broke out, Lori was axed off the Hallmark channel and deleted her social media accounts. Felicity also eventually deleted her social media accounts.
As for their kids, Olivia and Bella are on review by the USC in the wake of the scam. Recent reports claim that the social media influencer, who has been dropped by partner brand Sephora in the midst of the scandal, was begging to go back to school, but earlier news said that the sisters opted not to go back fearing they might get bullied.
Felicity, meanwhile, has her marriage on the rocks after sources claimed she and William have been arguing. It is worth noting that this scandal might be a serious bump in their relationship because they have been married for two decades already.
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