Huffman (of "Desperate Housewives" fame) and Loughlin (Aunt Becky from "Full House") were among the 33 parents indicted on Tuesday by the Department of Justice in what was dubbed 'Operation Varsity Blues.' It is the largest college cheating scheme ever prosecuted by the DOJ.
Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are among some 50 people charged in the massive scam to cheat on admission to elite U.S. universities that involved bribes, fraudulent test scores and even fake photographs.
She didn't have to enter a plea and her release has been ordered, pending a $250,000 bail payment.
William "Rick" Singer, 58, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges related to running the scheme through his Edge College & Career Network, which charged from $100,000 to as much as $2.5m per child for the services, which were masked as contributions to a fake charity Singer runs. The indictment of wealthy Californians has provided ammunition for the Trump administration in its feud with the Hollywood elite. She was promptly released after posting a $1-million bond, putting her L.A. home up as collateral. She became a star on Full House, a standout hit of ABC's family-friendly TGIF lineup in the early 1990s, and appeared on the recent Netflix reboot Fuller House.
Gordon Caplan, who prosecutors said paid $US75,000 past year to have some of his daughter's wrong answers corrected on a college entrance exam, was placed on leave from his post as co-chairman of the global law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher, the company said on Wednesday. The other way was to bribe university coaches so that their children would be recruited as athletes.
"Desperate Housewives" star Felicity Huffman, who has also been implicated in the scandal, was arrested by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents at her home on Tuesday and later released on bail.
More than 30 parents are accused of paying bribes, including well-known actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Laughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli.
She stars in the Hallmark series When Calls My Heart and is scheduled to appear in several new Garage Sale Mysteries movies and is a regular part of the channel's holiday movie slate.
'I was essentially buying or bribing the coaches for a spot, ' Singer said as he pleaded guilty to charges on Tuesday.
Nine coaches are accused, including former Yale women's soccer coach Rudy Meredith; UCLA soccer coach Jorge Salcedo, Wake Forest volleyball coach Bill Ferguson and Stanford sailing coach John Vandemoer.
"Mostly my parents really wanted me to go, because both of them didn't go to college", she said.
Those involved could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
Prosecutors said it was up to the universities to decide what to do with students admitted through cheating.
Many other cases involved photo fraud, according to Lelling.