Actresses Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman among 40 charged in college entrance exam cheating plot
UPDATE: In addition to actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, college coaches are among the 40 people federal authorities have charged in a admissions bribery scam.
Coaches from top schools such as Wake Forest University, Georgetown and the University of Southern California are among those charged.
According to the authorities, coaches accepted bribes in exchange for the admittance of student-athletes, regardless of their ability.
This is a developing story. Stay with Channel 3 as we learn more.
PREVIOUS STORY: Hollywood actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman are among at least 40 people charged in a large-scale college entrance exam cheating scheme, according to court documents unsealed Tuesday.
The alleged scheme focused on getting students admitted to elite universities as recruited athletes, regardless of their athletic abilities, and helping potential students cheat on their college exams, according to the indictment unsealed in Boston.
Loughlin, best known for her role in the sitcom "Full House," and Huffman, who starred in the ABC hit show "Desperate Housewives," were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud. They could not be immediately reached.
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.
There's no indication that the schools were involved in any of the wrong-doing.
In all, 44 people, some of them college coaches, have been charged thus far.