Actress Lori Loughlin surrenders as college admissions fallout spreads

Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin

Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli, 55, share two daughters together, Olivia, 19, and Isabella, 20. She was promptly released after posting a $1-million bond, putting her L.A. home up as collateral.

The Los Angeles judge ruled Ms Loughlin could continue travelling to and from the Canadian province of British Columbia for a number of productions she is working on as long as she notifies U.S. authorities in advance of each trip. She didn't speak except say "yes" to the judge's questions, The Associated Press reported.

Meanwhile, Huffman has been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

Magistrate Judge Steve Kim said Loughlin must limit her travel to the continental US and areas around Vancouver, Canada, for work.

Loughlin and Giannulli allegedly paid a total of $500,000 so that their two daughters would be designated as recruits to the University of Southern California's crew team, though neither girl participated in the sport.

Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman and Full House mainstay Lori Loughlin were among 50 individuals charged by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in relation to an alleged fraud scheme to secure admissions for students at elite American universities. She also had to surrender her passport to the court so that she could not leave the country. The parents are alleged to have paid for fake entrance exams and phony athletic achievements in return for guaranteed university places.

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Wendy Williams, 54, kicked off "Hot Topics" on March 13 with a fiery response to "Operation Varsity Blues", a plot, in which is being called the largest college admissions scam in history. Prosecutors in the USA attorney's office in Boston say his company, Edge College & Career Network, amassed $25 million through the fraud.

The ringleader of the scheme was named as William Singer, owner of Key Worldwide Foundation and a company called Edge College & Career Network.

Another parent charged in the scheme, Manuel Henriquez, resigned as chief executive officer of the finance company Hercules Capital Inc, the company said early on Wednesday.

The two are among 50 people charged for taking part in the largest such scam in USA history, which the scheme's mastermind said in court documents steered some 800 students into elite universities including Yale, Georgetown and Stanford by cheating the admissions process.

Prosecutors said Springer orchestrated several methods, including bribing those administering college entrance exams to provide answers, change answers or allow someone other than the student to take the exam.

They are accused of conspiring with Springer to beat the system and ensure the students were admitted or had a better chance to be admitted to certain colleges or universities, including Yale, Stanford, Texas, UCLA, USC, Wake Forest and others.

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