Hollywood stars Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin appeared in federal court Wednesday alongside other wealthy parents to face charges they rigged test scores or paid bribes to cheat the admissions process at prestigious universities.
Of the 50 people charged in the case, so far four people have pleaded guilty or plan to plead guilty, according to prosecutors.
Loughlin, with her husband, is accused of paying $500,000 to allow their daughters to pose as members of the crew team at the University of Southern California.
Prosecutors said Huffman, who is married to the actor William H. Macy, made a $15,000 contribution to Singer's foundation in exchange for having an associate of Singer's in 2017 secretly correct her daughter's answers on an SAT college entrance exam at a test center Singer "controlled".
Neither Huffman nor her lawyers have publicly addressed the allegations.
Among the other parents expected in the Boston court Wednesday was Gordon Caplan, former co-chairman of the global law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher, based in NY. Several of the schools have said they would revoke admissions offers to students who had gotten in fraudulently but not yet enrolled and would consider expelling students whose parents participated.
The 13 parents in court Wednesday are among a total of 33 parents accused of participating in the scheme - all of them charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.
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During an appearance on the Today show, Bure said Loughlin was a "dear and close friend" and that she still considered her family.
Other parents charged in the scheme include the former co-chairman of an worldwide law firm and the former head of a Silicon Valley venture capital firm.
The ringleader behind the scam, William "Rick" Singer, who authorities say was paid about $25 million dollars to bribe coaches and university administrators, has pleaded guilty and is cooperating with authorities.
College students hoping to catch a glimpse of Loughlin held up signs that read, "Lori, Please Pay My Tuition - After You Get Out of Prison of Course!"
Loughlin and Giannulli flew into Logan Airport on a private plane on Tuesday, according to People.
The case - the biggest college admissions scheme ever prosecuted by the U.S. Justice Department - has roiled the world of higher education and amplified complaints the system is stacked in favor of the rich.
Huffman, Loughlin and Giannulli, whose Mossimo clothing had always been a Target brand, have not publicly commented on the allegations.