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we're here today to announce charges in the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the department of justice a scandal rocking some top U. S. universities Tuesday and some famous parents as well fifty people have been charged in the conspiracy rang to get kids into elite colleges under false pretenses arranging for them to cheat on entrance exams and or bribing college coaches to accept kids 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 that the applicants were not as the coach is new , the students athletic credentials have been fabricated among those charged nine college coaches and thirty three parents including desperate housewives star Felicity Huffman who's married to actor William H. Macy he is not implicated in the case also indicted one time full house star Lori Laughlin and her husband fashion designer Mossimo Jim Dooley the central defendant William Rick singer is head of a college counseling service in southern California between twenty eleven and twenty eighteen singer is 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 , but 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 is pleading guilty to charges including racketeering conspiracy and money laundering the justice department also cited the head women's soccer coach at Yale as having accepted an applicant despite knowing the girl did not play soccer 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 photo shopping the face of the child on to the picture of the athlete and submitting it in support of the applications for these children to elite schools the selling coach at Stanford is also among those pleading guilty Tuesday to charges related to the case