When I turned on my computer this morning, the last story I expected to see was “Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman Involved in College Admissions Scandal,” and yet here we are. It’s 2019, and Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman are very much involved in a college admissions scandal.
Here’s what’s going on, according to CNN: A group of wealthy parents allegedly paid a college prep organization to take the SAT/ACT entrance exams on behalf of their children or to correct their answers. There’s also a second part to this scheme, in which college coaches were allegedly bribed into admitting wealthy students as recruited athletes, regardless of their actual abilities. Some defendants even had fake profiles created to make their children look like successful athletes, according to court documents.
Per TMZ, this was all funneled through a man named William Rick Singer, who would take parents’ requests—either to fix test scores or create fake athlete profiles—and contact the appropriate parties.
Fifty people total were arrested in this case, which federal prosecutors called “Operation Varsity Blues”: Two SAT/ACT administrators, one exam proctor, nine coaches at elite schools, one college administrator, and 33 parents with privileged backgrounds.
According to TMZ, Huffman has been arrested but will be released on bond with the promise to appear in court. She’s specifically charged with felony conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, per court papers. CNN reports Huffman’s accused of paying $15,000 to an organization that helped her daughter cheat on the SATs.
Loughlin, best known as Aunt Becky on Full House, has the same charges against her. She and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, allegedly paid $500,000 to have their two daughters billed as recruits for the University of Southern California crew team, even though neither of them play the sport.
“There can be no separate college admissions system for the wealthy, and I will add there will not be a separate criminal justice system either,” U.S. attorney for Massachusetts Andrew Lelling said at a press conference Tuesday, March 12.
People, naturally, have so many thoughts about this case—and the Desperate Housewives/Full House jokes keep rolling in. Below, check out just a few reactions to this truly bonkers situation. We’ll update our post with more information as it comes in.