Dubbed “Operation Varsity Blues,” federal officials say Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are on a list of nearly 50 others charged in what’s being called the largest college cheating scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice.In all, officials say ringleader William Singer collected $25-million to get the privileged into schools including Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and the University of Southern California.
Huffman is out of jail after posting a $250-thousand bond when she appeared in a Los Angeles courtroom – she’ll be back in court (in Boston) on March 29th. Loughlin is expected to surrender to authorities today. According to reports, Huffman was taken into custody at gunpoint at her home in Los Angeles, while Loughlin was in Vancouver when police showed up at her residence. Loughlin’s husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, was taken into custody with a bond set at $1-million. He has since been released – and will also appear in Boston on the 29th.
One big name notably absent. William H. Macy.
While other spouses of the indicted high powered parents were named, Macy was listed as “husband” in all documents. The documents do show that Macy was an active participant in the scheme to guarantee their daughter got into college. According to legal pundits, the reason he wasn’t named seems to be the lack of evidence. They’ve got his wife, Huffman, in texts, cell phone conversations, and more. It’s going to take evidence to get a conviction.