Ex-Yale coach gets 5 months in admissions bribery scandal
The former Yale University women’s soccer coach whose cooperation with authorities helped blow the lid off the nationwide college admissions bribery scandal by leading the FBI to the scheme’s mastermind has been sentenced to five months in prison.
Ex-UCLA coach gets 8 months in prison for admissions scam
FILE - In this March 25, 2019, file photo Jorge Salcedo, former University of California at Los Angeles men's soccer coach, departs federal court in Boston after facing charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. AdSui was sentenced to time served last year after spending five months in a Spanish prison following her arrest. Salcedo is the third coach sentenced so far in the case. Michael Center, who was a tennis coach at the University of Texas at Austin, got six months while ex-Stanford sailing coach John Vandemoer got one day in prison which he was deemed to have already served. ____This story has been corrected to reflect that Salcedo was a coach at the University of California, Los Angeles not the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.
'Operation Varsity Blues' reenacts and reorients a scandal
NEW YORK – Chris Smith didn’t initially think the 2019 college bribery scandal made for a good documentary subject. He was editing “Fyre,” the hit Netflix documentary about the music-festival fiasco, when his longtime collaborator, Jon Karmen, suggested another real tale of fraud and spectacle be their next film. By shifting the focus, Smith’s “Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admission Scandal,” which debuts Wednesday on Netflix, attempts to reorient center stage in a headline-grabbing drama that has already spawned one Lifetime movie. The documentary, like the scandal, has a dose of Hollywood. “One of the only people that got back to us was John Vandemoer.”Vandemoer, a Stanford University sailing coach, was the first person sentenced in the scandal.
Netflix doc to examine man behind college admissions scandal
This image released by Netflix shows key art for Operation Varsity Blues, a documentary about the college admissions scandal, premiering March 17. (Netflix via AP)LOS ANGELES – A Netflix documentary will use actor recreations of FBI wiretaps to tell the story of Rick Singer, the man at the center of the college admissions scandal that sent actors Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin and and several other prominent parents to prison. Netflix announced Monday that “Operation Varsity Blues" will be released on March 17. More than 50 people were charged in the scandal that saw parents pay bribes to have someone cheat on their children’s entrance exams or pretend their kids were star athletes for sports they didn’t play. Singer pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and several other charges, and is expected to testify at defendants' trials.
Oliva Jade Giannulli learning from family college 'mess-up'
FILE - Olivia Jade Giannulli arrives at the 5th annual People Magazine "Ones To Watch" party in Los Angeles on Oct. 4, 2017. Giannulli, the daughter of the Full House actor Lori Loughlin and fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, discussed on the Facebook Watch series Red Table Talk how shes been affected by the college admissions scandal involving her parents. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES – Maybe Olivia Jade Giannulli had hoped for kid-glove treatment in choosing the family vibe of “Red Table Talk” for her first public comments about the college admissions scandal involving her famous parents. Pinkett Smith, who said she had agreed to bring Giannulli on her show over her mother’s objections, struck an understanding tone with her. “No matter what the situation is, you don’t want to see your parents go to prison....
Mossimo Giannulli reports to prison in college bribery case
FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2019, file photo, Lori Loughlin departs federal court in Boston with her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, left, after a hearing in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. Giannulli has reported to prison to begin serving his five-month sentence for bribing his daughters way into college. Giannullis wife, Full House actor Lori Loughlin, is already behind bars for her role in the college admissions bribery scheme involving prominent parents and elite schools across the country. (AP Photo/Philip Marcelo, File)BOSTON – Fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli reported to prison on Thursday to begin serving his five-month sentence for bribing his daughters' way into college, officials said. Giannulli's wife, “Full House” actor Lori Loughlin, is already behind bars for her role in the college admissions bribery scheme involving prominent parents and elite schools across the country.
Few parents, coaches still fighting charges in college scam
Just 15 of the nearly 60 people charged in the sordid scheme that rocked the U.S. educational system are still fighting the charges. ___WHO'S LEFTOnly three coaches and 11 parents are still fighting the charges. Six coaches and nearly 30 parents have already agreed to admit to the charges. McGlashan has fiercely denied the charges and says he told Singer he didn't want to participate in the so-called side door scheme. Authorities say their investigation into the wide-ranging scheme is ongoing and charges against new parents keep trickling in.
Loughlin, Giannulli remain silent as they await prison fate
Loughlin and Giannulli will have a chance to address U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton when he decides whether to accept their unusual plea deals with prosecutors, which calls for Loughlin to serve two months in prison and Giannulli to serve five months. Under the plea deal, Giannulli has also agreed to pay a $250,000 fine and perform 250 hours of community service. Loughlin and Giannulli will appear before the Boston federal court judge during separate sentencing hearings held via videoconference because of the coronavirus pandemic. She and Giannulli fiercely fought the allegations for months, with their lawyers accusing prosecutors of withholding evidence that would exonerate them. They may also be concerned that saying the wrong thing could blow up their deal with prosecutors, lawyers say.
Loughlin, Giannulli plead in college scam but await fate
Under their proposed deals, Loughlin, 55, hopes to spend two months in prison and Giannulli, 56, is seeking to serve five months. Loughlin and Giannulli were among dozens of wealthy parents, athletic coaches and others charged last year in the bribery scheme. Prosecutors say they funneled money through a sham charity operated by college admissions consultant Rick Singer, who has pleaded guilty to orchestrating the scheme. Loughlin pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud. Giannulli pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and honest services wire and mail fraud.
Lori Loughlin, Mossimo Giannulli agree to plead guilty, serve prison time for college scam
Loughlin, 55, and Giannulli, 56, are scheduled to plead guilty Friday via video conference before a federal judge in Boston, who must approve the deal. They agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud in a plea agreement filed in Bostons federal court. Giannulli will also plead guilty to a charge of honest services wire and mail fraud, prosecutors said. Loughlin and Giannulli were among 50 people arrested last year in the case dubbed Operation Varsity Blues that rocked the word of higher education. They are the 23rd and 24th parents to plead guilty in the case.
Felicity Huffman Is Released From Prison After Serving 11 Days
Felicity Huffman is out of prison. Huffman, 56, was supposed to be released from the low-security prison on Sunday, which would have been the 13th day of her sentence. RELATED STORIESWas Felicity Huffman's Sentence in the College Scandal the Result of 'White Privilege'? Will Felicity Huffman Get Prison Time for College Admissions Scandal? Felicity Huffman's Daughter 'Has Nightmares' Over Armed Arrest of Mom: Documents
Felicity Huffman released from federal prison
(CNN) - Actress Felicity Huffman was released Friday from a federal prison in Dublin, California, after serving 11 days of a two-week sentence for her role in the college admissions scam, according to the Bureau of Prisons. Huffman, the "Desperate Housewives" star, was the first of the more than 30 parents charged in the sprawling criminal case to begin serving a prison sentence. Huffman reported to federal prison October 15, according to a representative. In court during her sentencing, Huffman apologized to the judge, her daughters and her husband, actor William H. Macy. Huffman echoed that sentiment in a statement released to the news media, saying, "There are no excuses or justifications for my actions.
Martha Stewart's Style Advice for Inmate Felicity Huffman
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Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman: Faces of college admissions scandal
But Huffman pleaded guilty, while Loughlin and her husband have fought the charges. BOSTON - As Felicity Huffman's time behind bars nears its end, Lori Loughlin's fate for her alleged role in the college admissions scandal is yet to be determined. After news of the scam broke, the two actresses became the face of the scandal -- but Huffman pleaded guilty, while Loughlin and her husband have fought the charges. Singer pleaded guilty to four federal charges and is cooperating with prosecutors. Last week, Huffman reported to federal prison in Dublin, California, to begin serving her two-week sentence.
Lori Loughlin's daughters no longer enrolled at USC, university says
LOS ANGELES - Lori Loughlin's daughters are no longer enrolled at the University of Southern California, the school said in a statement to CNN on Monday. "Olivia Jade Giannulli and Isabella Rose Giannulli are not currently enrolled," the statement from the USC registrar's office read. Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, were two of the many parents caught up in the college admissions scandal. They are accused of paying $500,000 to a fake charity to get their two daughters accepted into USC, falsely designating them as crew team recruits. Several attorneys for other parents involved in the scandal told CNN their clients would not be changing their positions.
Is Felicity Huffman Getting Special Treatment in Prison?
Is Felicity Huffman getting special treatment in prison? Everyone is taken aback by images of a smiling Huffman exiting the prison facility, then walking freely through the prison parking lot. Prison consultant and former inmate Larry Levine said Huffmans treatment smacks of special privilege. Levine also said she's also receiving special treatment with meal privileges. RELATED STORIESInside Felicity Huffman's 1st Day in PrisonFelicity Huffman's New Life in PrisonWas Felicity Huffman's Sentence in the College Scandal the Result of 'White Privilege'?
Felicity Huffman Takes a Stroll in Her Prison Garb: Today on Inside Edition
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New photo shows Felicity Huffman in prison uniform
CNN Video(CNN) - The public got its first look at actress Felicity Huffman's life in prison as photos and a video taken Saturday showed her walking in a green prison uniform. The "Desperate Housewives" star was spotted in a dark green jumpsuit in the low-security federal prison in Dublin, California, five days into her two-week prison sentence for her role in the college admissions scam. In the photos and video, Huffman is wearing glasses, a white hat, black sneakers and a watch on her right wrist. Huffman reported to FCI Dublin on Tuesday and is the first of more than 30 parents charged in the case to begin serving a prison sentence. In court during her sentencing, Huffman apologized to the judge, her daughters and her husband, actor William H. Macy.
New photo shows Felicity Huffman in a prison uniform as she serves 13 days in college cheating case
CNNThe public got its first look at actress Felicity Huffman's life in prison as photos and a video taken Saturday showed her walking in a green prison uniform. The "Desperate Housewives" star was spotted in a dark green jumpsuit in the low-security federal prison in Dublin, California, five days into her two-week prison sentence for her role in the college admissions scam. In the photos and video, Huffman is wearing glasses, a white hat, black sneakers and a watch on her right wrist. Huffman reported to FCI Dublin on Tuesday and is the first of more than 30 parents charged in the case to begin serving a prison sentence. The actress pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud for paying $15,000 as part of a scheme to cheat on her daughter's SAT test scores.
What life is like inside prison housing Felicity Huffman
(CNN) - Actress Felicity Huffman began serving time in Dublin, California, this week at a federal prison that Forbes once said was among the "cushiest" in the country. Inmates can sunbathe on the weekends, but they have to wear a shirt and shorts, the handbook says. They can watch the lobby television until 8:45 p.m. during the week or 11:45 p.m. on weekends. Huffman will only spend 13 days thereHuffman was accused of spending $15,000 to boost her daughter's SAT scores. In court during her sentencing, Huffman apologized to the judge, her daughters and her husband, actor William H. Macy.
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Inside Felicity Huffman's 1st Day in Prison
Felicity Huffman was up at 5 a.m. Wednesday after her first night in federal prison. She made her bed and then was offered a breakfast of milk, fruit, her choice of hot or cold cereal, and bread with jelly. She spent eight months in federal prison for bankruptcy fraud. RELATED STORIESFelicity Huffman's New Life in PrisonWas Felicity Huffman's Sentence in the College Scandal the Result of 'White Privilege'? Prison Guards Will Try to 'Rattle' Felicity Huffman, Says Former Inmate
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Felicity Huffman's New Life in Prison
Actress Felicity Huffman took people by surprise Tuesday when she reported for her first day in federal prison 10 days earlier than expected. Husband William H. Macy reportedly drove her to the prison several hundred miles away from their home. The prison now holding her is a minimum-security facility with over 900 female inmates. RELATED STORIESWas Felicity Huffman's Sentence in the College Scandal the Result of 'White Privilege'? Felicity Huffman Smiles While Out With Daughter Days After SentencingPrison Guards Will Try to 'Rattle' Felicity Huffman, Says Former Inmate
Felicity Huffman Seen Out for 1st Time After 14-Day Sentence: Today on Inside Edition
Felicity Huffman was spotted out and about this past weekend after being sentenced to 14 days behind bars for her role in the college admissions scandal. Huffman was dressed casually as she appeared to help her daughter Sophia move. Christie Brinkley is dropping out of "Dancing With the Stars" and being replaced by her daughter! Watch the terrifying surveillance video. For these stories and more, watch Inside Edition.
Felicity Huffman Smiles While Out With Daughter Days After Sentencing
Felicity Huffman was spotted out on mom duty, weeks before she must report to serve her 14-day sentence in the college admissions scandal. The actress was photographed with husband William H. Macy and daughter Sophia, whom they appeared to be helping move over the weekend. She managed a smile as they carried boxes together. Huffman and Sophia were also snapped outside a center for at-risk teens in Los Angeles. RELATED STORIESPrison Guards Will Try to 'Rattle' Felicity Huffman, Says Former InmateFelicity Huffman's Daughter 'Has Nightmares' Over Armed Arrest of Mom: DocumentsAbby Lee Miller Has Prison Advice for Felicity Huffman
John Legend: Prison isn't always the best answer
Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images(CNN) - John Legend is weighing in on prison sentences a day after actress Felicity Huffman got 14 days for her role in the nationwide college admission scandal. In a series of tweets Saturday, Legend, who champions criminal justice reform, said prison is not always the answer for every mistake. "I get why everyone gets mad when rich person X gets a short sentence and poor person of color Y gets a long one. The answer isn't for X to get more; it's for both of them to get less (or even none!!!) In addition to two weeks in prison, the "Desperate Housewives" star was sentenced to one year supervised release and 250 hours of community service.
Where Felicity Huffman will serve her 14-day sentence
Felicity Huffman and husband William Macy arrive at the John Moakley U.S. In federal court in Boston on Friday, Huffman's attorney requested that Huffman be allowed to spend her 14-day prison sentence at a federal correctional institution in Dublin, California. It's a "low-security" correctional institution with 1,235 female inmates in Alameda County, about 35 miles outside San Francisco. The Bureau of Prisons has the final authority to decide where Huffman will serve time. As an inmate at Federal Correctional Institution Dublin, Huffman would have to wear khaki clothing with her name and inmate number.
Huffman wants to do time at low security Calif. prison
As an inmate at Federal Correctional Institution Dublin, the "Desperate Housewives" actress would have to don khaki clothing with her name and inmate number. For example, inmates at FCI Dublin can sunbathe on the weekends, but they have to wear a shirt and shorts, the handbook says. Inmates can watch the lobby television until 8:45 p.m. during the week, or until 11:45 p.m. on the weekends. Huffman, along with the actress Lori Loughlin, was among the most high-profile parents swept up in the scandal, dubbed "Varsity Blues." Prosecutors had suggested Huffman spend one month in prison and pay a $20,000 fine.
Here's what Felicity Huffman said at her sentencing
Felicity Huffman exits the John Joseph Moakley U.S. BOSTON (CNN) - Before she was sentenced to 14 days in prison on Friday, actress Felicity Huffman told a federal judge she could have stopped her involvement in the college admissions scandal and was "deeply ashamed" that she didn't. Speaking to Judge Indira Talwani, Huffman talked about driving her daughter to a testing center to take a SAT test. Huffman said her daughter told her, "I don't know who you are anymore, Mom. "I am deeply ashamed of what I have done," Huffman told the judge.
Felicity Huffman sentenced to 14 days in prison
BOSTON - Felicity Huffman will spend 14 days in prison for her role in what authorities have called the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted. Prosecutors had suggested Huffman spend one month in prison and pay a $20,000 fine. Ultimately, Huffman "knew it was a fraud," Judge Indira Talwani said, adding, "it was not an impulsive act." In last week's letter to Talwani, Huffman tried to explain why she felt she had to participate in the scam. "I had no adequate answer for her," Huffman wrote.
Prison Guards Will Try to 'Rattle' Felicity Huffman, Says Former Inmate
Felicity Huffman was sentenced to 14 days behind bars for her role in the college admissions scandal. 'I dont know who you are anymore, Mom,'" Huffman said her daughter said. Coulman said the other inmates will probably leave Huffman alone and that it's the guards that she will need to watch out for. RELATED STORIESWill Felicity Huffman Get Prison Time for College Admissions Scandal? Felicity Huffman's Daughter 'Has Nightmares' Over Armed Arrest of Mom: DocumentsFelicity Huffman Holds Brother's Hand as She Arrives to Plead Guilty in College Scandal
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Will Felicity Huffman Get Prison Time for College Admissions Scandal?
The 56-year-old actress will be sentenced Friday for her role in the college admissions cheating scandal. Prosecutors have recommended a month in federal prison. If she does get time, she may serve her sentence Victorville Federal Prison Camp in San Bernardino, California. There's already a Lifetime movie inspired by the college admissions scandal scheduled to premiere next month with characters based on Huffman and Lori Loughlin, who denies any part in the scheme. Before he began his sentence, Sorrentino was given advice by his Uncle Nino on Jersey Shore that Huffman could use too.
Ruling in college admissions scam could reduce prison time
BOSTON - A federal judge's coming ruling in the college admissions scandal could determine whether the wealthy parents in the case get significant prison time -- or whether they only get a slap on the wrist. Federal court Judge Indira Talwani heard arguments on this debate in federal court Tuesday. These parents signed plea deals in which federal prosecutors agreed to recommend they get prison time at the low end of the federal sentencing guidelines range. But in the admissions scam, the fraud losses are more ephemeral, CNN legal analyst Elie Honig said. Fraud cases usually have clear monetary losses that play a role in the sentencing calculations, but that's not clear in the college admissions scam.
Felicity Huffman explains role in college cheating scandal
The "Desperate Housewives" star is one of dozens of defendants charged in a massive college admissions cheating scam. In the three-page letter, Huffman details early struggles with her daughter's medical issues and learning disabilities. Singer pleaded guilty to four charges in March related to cheating on standardized tests and bribing college coaches and administrators. Huffman said Singer told her "'we will make sure she gets the scores she needs" by having a proctor bump up her scores after she takes the test. "In my desperation to be a good mother, I talked myself into believing that all I was doing was giving my daughter a fair shot," Huffman wrote.
Felicity Huffman's Daughter 'Has Nightmares' Over Armed Arrest of Mom in College
She called us from the airport in hysterics, begging us to, Do something, please, do something,'" Macy wrote. In my desperation to be a good mother, I talked myself into believing that all I was doing was giving my daughter a fair shot. I see the irony in that statement now because what I have done is the opposite of fair," she said. Prosecutors are pushing for a 10-month prison sentence, while her lawyers are pulling for probation, a fine and community service. RELATED STORIESFelicity Huffman Holds Brother's Hand as She Arrives to Plead Guilty in College ScandalAbby Lee Miller Has Prison Advice for Felicity HuffmanFelicity Huffman to Plead Guilty in College Admissions Case: 'I Am Ashamed of the Pain I Have Caused'
Celebs write to support Felicity Huffman
Felicity Huffman exits the John Joseph Moakley U.S. (CNN) - Actress Felicity Huffman is asking for a year's probation, 250 hours of community service and a $20,000 fine for her involvement in the college admissions scandal, a new filing from her attorneys says. Longoria: Huffman took me under her wingIn her letter of support, Longoria said she saw Huffman "every day, of every week for nearly 15 hours a day," during their time together on the show "Desperate Housewives." Longoria wrote that she would "not have survived those 10 years if it wasn't for the friendship of Felicity." Husband says the actress rarely leaves her homeIn his letter of support, Macy detailed the trauma the case has caused their family.
Operation Varsity Blues is coming to Lifetime
You remember the big college admissions scandal from earlier this year, right? In case youve been living under a rock, Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman are two of the biggest names when it comes to the accused parties. Operation Varsity Blues, as its been called by investigators, involves parents who allegedly bribed college admissions officials to allow their children in at different schools, including the University of Southern California, where Loughlins daughter, social media star Olivia Jade Giannulli, attended. Whos going to play Huffman? The Lifetime network announced the news Tuesday with a working title of College Admissions Scandal, but the network acknowledges that the title may change, People says.