2 actresses among 50 people charged in alleged college admissions scam

Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin allegedly paid consultant William Singer to secure their children spots at top schools through cheating and bribes, investigators said.
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And we begin with that bribery scandal, including some famous moms that prosecutors say paid to get their children into elite universities. They accuse actress felicity Huffman of paying $15,000 to rig her daughter's S.A.T. Score. And they accuse actress Lori Loughlin and her husband paying $500,000 to be recruited for a sport they never played. Today, the alleged mastermind, William singer, pleading guilty. Federal prosecutors say the investigation is ongoing. And it's already drawing outrage tonight from some who say this is yet another example of the wealthy and connected taking opportunity away from young people who've earned it. ABC's kayna Whitworth at federal court in Los Angeles. Reporter: Tonight, actress felicity Huffman under arrest, expected in a federal courtroom to face a judge. Her husband, actor William H. Macy, seen walking inside moments before. Huffman is one of 50 people charged in operation varsity blues, including actress Lori Loughlin, in the largest alleged college admissions scam ever. The FBI uncovered what we believe is a rigged system, robbing students all over the country of their right at a fair shot to getting into some of the most elite universities in this country. Reporter: Investigators say 33 wealthy parents paying up to $6 million to college consultant William singer, who they say paid off S.A.T. And A.C.T. Proctors and bribed coached to help land their children at top schools like Yale, Georgetown and Stanford. The money allegedly funneled tax-free through singer's fake charity. No students have been charged and prosecutors say many were unaware. Are yousking for a bribe? Reporter: Felicity Huffman, the former star of "Desperate housewives", allegedly paid singer $15,000 to help arrange for her daughter to take the S.A.T. At a site singer "Controlled" where he could arrange for a proctor to "Secretly correct her answers." One of the many services they say singer was providing. We are talking about deception and fraud, fake test scores, fake athletic credentials, fake photographs, bribed college officials. Reporter: Singer today pleaded guilty to multiple charges. Singer and his associates used stock photos that they pulled off the internet, sometimes photoshopping the face of the child onto the picture of the athlete. Reporter: Prosecutors say one family paid singer $1.2 million, he, in turn, bribed Yale's women's soccer coach to recruit their daughter, even though she didn't play soccer. You worked very hard for your success. Reporter: And tonight, actress Lori Loughlin, the former star of "Full house," is facing arrest, too. Her fashion designer husband arrested today. The couple allegedly paying $500,000 in bribes to get their two daughters considered as recruits for the usc crew team even though the girls didn't row. Even submitting a photo of one daughter on a rowing machine. Loughlin's daughter Olivia, now a freshman at usc and a popular social media influencer, seen seen here, sounding like a lot of kids talking about college. I do want the experience of, like, game days, partying. I don't really care about school, as you guys all know. Reporter: She later apologized, saying she is grateful, calling school a privilege and a blessing. But Olivia, who has used her dorm room as a studio to promote her sponsors and her brand. Olivia hasn't commented on the charges against her parents. And tonight, prosecutors insisting this alleged scam has real consequences. There can be no separate college admissions system for the wealthy and there will not be a separate criminal justice system, either. And kayna Whitworth reporting in tonight from outside the federal courthouse in los Angeles. And kayna, you've learned there's already new fallout tonight in the wake of these charges? Reporter: Yeah, David. Usc announcing late today they have fired their senior women's athletic director, along with their 14-time national champion water polo coach. Stanford also firing their sailing coach and several other universities have placed their implicated coaches or staff members on leave. David? Kayna Whitworth leading us off tonight. Kayna, thank you. I want to get right to Dan Abrams. And you spoke with a half dozen former federal prosecutors tonight, all of whom had differing opinions about what the punishment could really be here. Yeah, somewhat wildly different. I don't think there's any question that some people are going to spend time behind bars as a result of this. The question is, what about Huffman and Loughlin? The two of them, even, have very different cases. Loughlin is accused of spending $500,000 and doing it twice. Huffman accused of $15,000 and doing it once. There's a big difference, legally, in terms of a possible sentence between those two. The danger for both of them, though, is that this is the sort of celebrity justice you don't want, because a judge is going to want to send a very firm message to both of them and to the country. A lot of parents very angry about this tonight across the Dan, thank you.

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