The Justice Department Tuesday charged around 50 people in a scheme involving wealthy parents who bribed officials to get their kids into some of the most elite colleges and universities in the country. The accused allegedly paid an admissions consultant to facilitate false test scores and help pass certain students off as athletes when they were not. Television stars Felicity Huffman of Desperate Housewives fame and Lori Loughlin from Full House are among those charged.
How far-reaching is the scam? Parents reportedly spent between $200,000 to $6.5 million in crimes dating back to 2011, involving institutions such as Georgetown, Yale University, Stanford University, UCLA and others.