Actresses charged in college admissions scam

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(CNN) – Hollywood stars, CEOs, and elite college coaches are just some of the people accused in a nationwide college admissions scheme.

Several defendants were in federal court Tuesday.

The massive FBI investigation came to a head, with the Justice Department charging 50 people in an elaborate scheme aimed at securing admission to prestigious universities.

Among the parents charged are several notable names, including CEOs, a fashion designer, and actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman.

Much of the indictment revolves around a man named William Singer, the founder of a college preparation business.

The scam worked in two ways: through test scores and athletics.

In some cases, parents allegedly paid for third-parties to take ACT and SAT exams on behalf of their children.

In others, Singer contacted college coaches to help students gain admission as recruited athletes, regardless of athletic ability.

Singer pleaded guilty to charges including racketeering, conspiracy, money laundering, tax conspiracy, and obstruction of justice.

He faces up to 65 years in jail a more than $1 million fine.

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(This story was originally published on March 12, 2019)

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