- May 26, 2005
- More than 40 people were arrested as part of a nationwide college entrance exam investigation
- College coaches accepted bribes in exchange for admitting students as athletes, regardless of their ability, prosecutors say
- Prosecutors allege that fake athletic profiles were also made to make students look like strong high school athletes
Thirteen people with ties to Los Angeles, its entertainment industry, UCLA and USC were among more than 50 people charged Tuesday in a sweeping college entrance exam scheme that involved wealthy parents and elite universities.
The defendants, including actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, were taken into custody Tuesday morning in Los Angeles as part of an investigation called Operation Varsity Blues, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. They are accused in a plot to get students admitted to elite universities, such as Standford, USC and UCLA, and helping potential students cheat on their entrance exams.