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former full house star Lori Laughlin turned herself into the F. B. I. Wednesday she and fellow actress Felicity Huffman are among the fifty people charged in the largest college admission scam ever prosecuted by the US justice department the desperate housewives star her actor husband William H. Macy on hand was released today earlier on a two hundred and fifty thousand dollar bond after appearing in a Los Angeles federal court also released Laughlin's fashion designer husband Mossimo generally lawful ingenuity and Hoffman are ensnared in what's been dubbed operation varsity blues accused of conspiring to get their kids into elite colleges under false pretenses by arranging for them to cheat on entrance exams or bribing college coaches to accept them for their so called athletic prowess in return for bribes these coaches agree to pretend that certain applicants were recruited competitive athletes when in fact the applicants were not as the coach is new , the students athletic credentials have been fabricated at the center of it all defendant William Rick singer who allegedly ran the scanned through his college counseling service in southern California between twenty eleven and twenty eighteen singer said to have received twenty five million dollars from wealthy parents to guarantee their children's admission to schools including Yale Georgetown and Stanford through his foundation the key singers foundation purported to be a charitable organization , it was actually a front singer used to launder the money that parents paid him of which you then take a portion and doled out as bribes to coaches and others singer played guilty to charges including racketeering conspiracy and money laundering prosecutors have so far named thirty three parents and thirteen coaches including university of Texas tennis coach Michael center and former Stanford University sailing coach John van to more who pled guilty to racketeering conspiracy in many instances singer helps parents take stage photographs of their children engaged in particular sports , other times singer his so she it's you stock photos that they pulled off the internet sometimes photoshopping the face of the child onto the picture of the athlete and submitting it in support of the applications for these children to elite schools the alleged masterminds of the scam and parents who paid into it could all face up to twenty years in prison if convicted