Desperate Housewives star involved in exam cheating scandal

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Desperate Housewives actress Felicity Huffman and Full House star Lori Loughlin are among more than 40 people charged in a US college cheating scam.

The alleged scheme, uncovered by the FBI, involved helping students cheat on entrance exams, as well as getting non-athletic students admitted on fake athletic scholarships, to elite schools like Yale, Stanford and Georgetown. There's no suggestion that the schools were involved.

Huffman, who has two daughters with actor husband William H Macy, has been accused of paying $15,000 (£11,000) disguised as a charitable donation to 'participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her eldest daughter', according to court papers.

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She allegedly considered using the scheme for a second time, for her younger daughter, but decided not to.

Huffman has been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud. After appearing in a Los Angeles court on Tuesday (March 12), she was released on $250,000 bail.

Macy, who also attended court, was not indicted. However, the court papers allege that he agreed to the scam with Huffman.

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Lori Loughlin, best known for starring in Full House and its sequel Fuller House, was among those indicted but has not yet been taken into custody.

At a news conference about the investigation known as 'Operation Varsity Blues' on Tuesday, US Attorney Andrew Lelling said: "These parents are a catalogue of wealth and privilege.

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

Huffman starred as Lynette Scavo on Desperate Housewives from 2004 to 2012, and won an Emmy for the role.

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