Federal prosecutors in Boston charged William (Rick) Singer, 58, with running the racketeering scheme through his Edge College & Career Network, which served a roster of clients, including CEOs and Hollywood actors.
Standing before the judge, Huffman made it clear she understood the charges before her.
Actress Lori Loughlin Loughlin will be booked at the Metropolitan Detention Centre in Los Angeles over the college admissions scandal.
Following the arrest, Deadline reports the actress has been released on bail having to pay a $250,000 bond and surrendering her passport whilst also staying at the Los Angeles courthouse for the time being. Prosecutors in the US attorney's office in Boston say his company, Edge College & Career Network, amassed $25 million through the fraud.
The scheme centred on the owner of a for-profit Newport Beach college admissions company that wealthy parents paid to help their children cheat on college entrance exams and to falsify athletic records of students to enable them to secure admission to elite schools, including UCLA, USC, Stanford, Yale and Georgetown, according to court records.
Singer is scheduled to plead guilty on Tuesday in Boston federal court to charges, including racketeering, money laundering and obstruction of justice, according to court papers.
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Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman and Full House mainstay Lori Loughlin were among 50 individuals charged by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in relation to an alleged fraud scheme to secure admissions for students at elite American universities.
"This case is about the widening corruption of elite college admissions through the steady application of wealth combined with fraud", Lelling said Tuesday. Dozens, including Huffman, the Emmy-winning star of ABC's "Desperate Housewives", were arrested by midday Tuesday.
The alleged masterminds of the scam and parents who paid into it could all face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
Loughlin is accused of paying Singer $500,000 to help cheat her daughters' way into the University of Southern California by bribing rowing coaches at the school to pretend the girls were gifted rowers.
Fallout from a sweeping college admissions scandal swiftly spread Wednesday, with actress Lori Loughlin surrendering ahead of a Los Angeles court hearing and a Silicon Valley hedge fund replacing its leader. A former Yale soccer coach reportedly pleaded guilty and helped build the case against others.
Prosecutors said it was up to the universities to decide what to do with students admitted through cheating.