When news broke Tuesday of an alleged nationwide college entrance exam cheating scandal that ended in the arrest of at least 50 individuals, two names that jumped out to the general populace were Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin.
Here’s how you know them.
Huffman, married to “Shameless” star William H. Macy, has been a television and film actress for decades. She was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in the 2006 film “TransAmerica” where she portrayed a preoperative transgender woman who learns she fathered a son. She’s also a Golden Globe nominee for her work on American Crime,” and “Desperate Housewives.”
Loughlin is known to a legion of “Full House” and “Fuller House” fans as Aunt Becky. Among her other acting credits are the now defunct soap opera “The Edge of Night, and “90210.”
The documents, which were unsealed Tuesday morning, allege that the accused aimed to facilitate students getting into high-profile D-1 schools, including Georgetown, Stanford, UCLA, Yale, University of Texas, University of San Diego, University of Southern California and Wake Forest as recruited athletes regardless of their athletic ability.
“These parents are a catalog of wealth and privilege,” U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said in announcing the $25 million federal bribery case.
Both women charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud.
Court documents said Huffman paid $15,000 that she disguised as a charitable donation so that her daughter could take part in the college entrance cheating scam.
Court papers said a cooperating witness met with Huffman and her husband, actor William H. Macy, at their Los Angeles home and explained the scam to them. The cooperator told investigators that Huffman and her spouse “agreed to the plan.”
In a January interview with Parade, Macy spoke about the stressful college preparation process for their daughters.
“She’s going to go to college… We’re right now in the thick of college application time, which is so stressful,” he said. “I am voting that once she gets accepted, she maybe takes a year off. God doesn’t let you be 18 twice… But it’s just my opinion, and we’ll see what she wants to do, what Felicity thinks and how the chips fall.”
A spokeswoman for Loughlin had no comment. Messages seeking comment from Huffman’s representatives were not immediately returned.