Say it ain’t so, Aunt Becky! Today it was revealed that Lori Loughlin, best known for her role as Aunt Becky on Full House, and Felicity Huffman (the over-stressed, smart-ass mom from Desperate Housewives) were both charged along with 48 others in a massive bribery scam involving some of the most elite colleges in the country.Embed from Getty Images
Court records show that the actresses were among many who allegedly paid huge bribes to get their kids into different schools, including Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and USC.
Charges include conspiracy to commit mail fraud, as well as honest services mail fraud. Ms Huffman has een arrested and is currently in police custody, though she’ll likely be released with a promise to appear in court, otherwise known as a signature bond.
This scam was revealed after authorities discovered a California businessman who ran a “business” helping students to get into their preferred colleges. Parents would pay him a significant amount, which he would then director toward administrators and athletic coaches. Coaches would then arrange fake profiles listing the student as an athlete. Administrators, on the other hand, would either hire a proctor to take SATs/ACTs in place of the student in question OR correct the student’s answers.Embed from Getty Images
Felicity Huffman and her husband, William H Macy, allegedly made “charitable” contributions of $15,000 on behalf of their eldest daughter to participate in a college entrance exam cheating scheme. The indictment indicates that the daughter was given longer to complete her SAT than other students, and the proctor was paid to secretly correct any wrong answers. Her final score was 1420, which was a 400 point increase from her PSAT. According to records, Mr Macy was not indicted.
As for Lori Loughlin, she and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli (founder of Mossimo clothing) are said to have paid $500,000 – yes, half a MILLION dollars – to have their two daughters recruited for the crew team at USC, despite the fact they do not participate in crew. Mossimo was said to have sent action photos of their daughters using rowing machines. He is said to have written an email saying he wanted to “make sure we have a roadmap for success as it relates to [our daughter] and getting her into a school other than ASU!” Cheap shot, for sure!
Loughlin’s daughter was lambasted last year when she posted a video about her college experience. She is quoted as saying, “I don’t really care about school,” and going on to explain that her excitement was all around game days and partying. Viewers called her “spoiled” and “privileged,” which in light of the current allegations become huge understatements.
The FBI has phone recordings in which both Loughlin and Huffman discuss the scheme with a witness cooperating with authorities.
So what does all this say about our favorite TV moms? I mean, I can totally see Lynette Scavo doing whatever she needed to get her kids the best education. It’s not really out of character for her. But there’s a huge difference between real life and television. As for Aunt Becky? I think we can all agree that we’re disappointed. It’s pretty telling when you’ve raised kids who are so ungrateful for their privilege that even when you’ve paid handsomely to get them into school, they are wasting their opportunities by refusing to do any work.
Let this be a lesson to us all – money can’t buy class or work ethic. In fact, after discussing this with my husband, we both agreed that if we had $500,000 to waste on our kids, we’d just give them the money and let them do as they wished. Why force kids into school when they clearly don’t want to be there? Let them instead use it to experience the world and invest in what invigorates their spirits. Of course, we’ll never actually have half a million dollars to waste on our kids, so instead, we’ll be urging them to work hard and do what makes them happy.
What do you think? Would you pay to give your kids good opportunities? Do you think this is a big deal or is it being overblown?