Fallout from bombshell college admissions bribery scandal could take months to unfold

Harkness Tower on the campus of Yale University in New Haven Conn

Harkness Tower on the campus of Yale University in New Haven Conn. Beth Harpaz AP

The Fuller House star is among dozens charged in an alleged college admissions cheating scam involving elite colleges and universities including Yale, Georgetown, the University of Southern California and Stanford. Loughlin has been taken into custody and is expected to make her first court appearance in federal court Wednesday for a bond hearing in Los Angeles, California.

Huffman and Giannulli are scheduled to reappear in court March 29 in Boston.

William "Rick" Singer, 58, has been charged with operating a racketeering scheme through his business Edge College & Career Network, which serviced an array of rich people like Hollywood celebrities and CEOs.

Loughlin is best known for her role as Aunt Becky in "Full House" while Huffman is known for her role on "Desperate Housewives".

Loughlin and actress Felicity Huffman are two of the dozens of wealthy parents accused in the alleged scheme that lasted almost a decade.

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Arrest warrants were issued Tuesday for 39 parents, including Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, and actress Felicity Huffman.

In court in LA this morning, Ms Huffman looked repeatedly at her husband - actor William H Macy - before she was granted bail.

"For every student admitted through fraud, an honest and genuinely talented student was rejected", Mr Lelling said.

Wake Forest said it had placed head volleyball coach Bill Ferguson on administrative leave after he was among the coaches accused of accepting bribes. Academic officials, including the former women's soccer coach at Yale University are also facing charges.

Numerous people worked with William "Rick" Singer, founder of college prep business Edge College & Career Network, to funnel more than $25 million to coaches and university administrators as bribes for student recruitment on college sports teams regardless of their athletic ability.

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Standing before the judge, Huffman made it clear she understood the charges before her. The bribe was to arrange for someone to correct wrong answers on her daughter's SAT test to boost the score.

Several defendants, including Huffman, were charged with conspiracy to commit fraud, punishable by up to 20 years in prison. It is alleged the couple agreed to the plan.

Macy has not been charged nor have the colleges, which all released statements saying they knew nothing about the scheme.

Numerous children were unaware of their parents' activities.

Huffman is accused of paying $US15,000 ($21,175) - disguised as a charitable donation - to the Key Worldwide Foundation so her oldest daughter could participate in the scam.

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Federal authorities called it the biggest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the U.S. Justice Department, with the parents accused of paying an estimated $25 million in bribes.

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