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Reports show those involved allegedly paid (in some cases) MILLIONS to get their kids into prestigious schools including Georgetown University, Stanford University, UCLA, the University of San Diego, USC, University of Texas, Wake Forest, and Yale.

Authorities said coaches in such sports as football, tennis and volleyball accepted bribes to put students on lists of recruited athletes, regardless of their ability or experience.

Also charged is former Yale University women's soccer coach Rudolph "Rudy" Meredith, who is accused of accepting payments from parents of college applicants.

The payments ranged from $200,000 to $6.5 million, according to Andrew Lelling, the USA attorney in Boston, Massachusetts where the case was filed. Prosecutors alleged Huffman, Loughlin and 31 other parents from "wealth and privilege" paid a collective $25 million to get their children into colleges.

According to documents which have been unsealed, as reported by the BBC, Felicity Huffman made a "charitable contribution" of $15,000 (£11.5k) on behalf of her eldest daughter. "Huffman later made arrangements to pursue the scheme a second time, for her younger daughter, before deciding not to do so".

At the center is a man named William Rick Singer, who ran a company called Edge College and Career Network, and who faces up to 65 years behind bars for various charges of fraud.

"Authorities say parents would pay him a predetermined amount, with full knowledge of what they were doing".

In all, 44 people, some of them college coaches, have been charged thus far.

The student would then take the test with one of Singer's paid-off administrators at locations in Houston and California, where his proctors would then change answers as needed to boost the scores.

Huffman, who played Lynette Scavo on the ABC series "Desperate Housewives", and Loughlin, known for her role as Aunt Becky on the ABC sitcom "Full House" and its Netflix spin-off "Fuller House", were each charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

College coaches and others have been charged in a sweeping admissions bribery case unsealed in federal court.

The witness allegedly met Huffman and her husband, actor William H Macy, at their LA home and explained the scam, which they allegedly "agreed to" - however Macy was not indicted.