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Dozens implicated in USA university admissions fraud

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Wendy Williams exploded with anger over Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman's involvement in what's being called the biggest college admissions scam in history, during her show on March 13.

"This case is about the widening corruption of elite college admissions through the steady application of wealth combined with fraud", Lelling said Tuesday. Macy was not charged; authorities did not say why.

Several defendants, including Huffman, were charged with conspiracy to commit fraud, punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Loughlin and her husband allegedly payed a $500,000 bribe to have their two daughters, the elder of whom is a YouTube star and social media influencer, labeled as rowers to get into the University of Southern California.

"What we do is help the wealthiest families in the United States get their kids into school.my families want a guarantee", he allegedly said.

Singer pleaded guilty and his lawyer, Donald Heller, said that his client intends to cooperate fully with prosecutors and is "remorseful and contrite, and wants to move on with his life".

The colleges themselves are not targets, the prosecutor said.

Yale University and USC said in separate statements they were cooperating with investigators.

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How did the alleged scheme work?

The two are among 50 people charged for taking part in the largest such scam in US history, which the scheme's mastermind said in court documents steered some 800 students into elite universities including Yale, Georgetown and Stanford by cheating the admissions process.

In total, 46 people have been indicted in the multimillion-dollar scheme.

Mr Singer would agree with parents beforehand roughly what score they wanted the child to get.

In many cases, the students were not aware their parents had arranged for the cheating, prosecutors said, although in other cases they knowingly took part. Singer allegedly helped parents "take staged photographs of their children engaged in particular sports", and in other instances used stock photos by "sometimes Photoshopping the face of the child on the athlete, and submitting it".

Stanford sailing coach John Vandemoer on Tuesday pleaded guilty in Boston.

Wake Forest said it had placed head volleyball coach Bill Ferguson on administrative leave after he was among the coaches accused of accepting bribes. A former Yale soccer coach had pleaded guilty before the documents went public and helped build the case against others.

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