A magistrate judge said Tuesday that actress Felicity Huffman - the "Desperate Housewives" star - can be released on $250,000 bail in a case in which she is accused of paying a bribe to secure her daughter's admission to college, AP reported.
Lori Loughlin was taken into custody by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Los Angeles, California on Wednesday after reports broke that she, among dozens of others, would be charged for her participation in an elite college admission scheme. The payment was allegedly disguised as a donation that would allow the charity to "move forward with our plans to provide educational and self-enrichment programs to disadvantaged youth".
Boston U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling held a press conference Tuesday on the incident.
"For every student admitted through fraud, an honest and genuinely talented student was rejected", Mr Lelling said.
Authorities said the crimes date back to 2011, and the defendants used "bribery and other forms of fraud to facilitate their children's admission" to numerous college and universities, including Georgetown, Yale, Stanford, the University of Texas, the University of Southern California, and the University of California Los Angeles, among others.
Lori's friend Kyle Richards reacted to the "shocking" news on "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen", telling the host, "They're really great people and you kinda just go, 'I'm really so confused by all of this.' And, yeah, everyone's talking about it today, you know, in our world and our circle".
Some parents spent hundreds of thousands of dollars, as much as $6.5 million, to guarantee their children's admission, officials said.
John Vandemoer, a former Stanford University sailing coach who worked with Singer, also pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy.
The Oscar-nominated actress was seen inside the Edward R. Roybal Federal Building in Los Angeles, after she was taken into custody on Tuesday.
He is accused of paying $200,000 to have someone else take his two sons' SATs in order to help get them into elite colleges.
According to prosecutors, a cooperating witness told Huffman he controlled a testing center and would arrange for a third party to proctor her daughter's SAT and secretly correct her answers afterward.
The 56-year-old actress and her husband William H Macy, the star of Showtime's hit series "Shameless", allegedly paid US$15,000 for their eldest daughter to perform well on a college entrance exam. Macy was mentioned in the case but has not been charged. Huffman's daughter reportedly ended up with a score of 1420, which was 400 points higher than what she got on the PSAT exam.