Authorities said parents paid the founder of the Edge College & Career Network approximately 25 million dollars to get their children into college.
The racketeering conspiracy charges unveiled Tuesday were also brought against athletic coaches at schools including Wake Forest University, Georgetown University and the University of Southern California.
The scheme from 2011 through February 2019 totaled almost $6.5 million in bribes, according to documents.
Nine coaches at elite schools and 33 parents accused of paying what prosecutors said were "enormous sums" to guarantee their children's admission are named in the indictments.
According to court documents, for $15,000, Huffman, who is married to "Speechless" star William H. Macy, received advice on how to get extra time for her daughter to take the SAT by claiming she had a learning disability.
The schools include Yale, Stanford, Georgetown University and the University of Southern California, federal prosecutors said.
At least 14 people were charged with conspiracy to commit racketeering, two were charged with money laundering conspiracy, and one was charged with conspiracy to defraud United States.More news: Klay Thompson calls out Warriors fans for not doing better job
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Actors Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin also are among the 40-plus people the justice dept. charged. Prosecutors allege that fake athletic profiles were created to give the false impression that applicants were student athletes (in many cases, the applicants had no athletic merit).
In addition to the NCAA coaches implicated by the federal findings, it has been speculated that famed high school sports powerhouse IMG Academy, a private college sports preparatory, may be part of the scheme.
"This case is about the widening corruption of elite college admissions through the steady application of wealth combined with fraud", Lelling said. In reality, she wasn't even on her soccer team, according to court filings. News show that both Huffman and Loughlin have been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.
Authorities say Singer, 68, was paid roughly $25 million from 2011 through early 2019 by parents in order for him to bribe the coaches and test administrators to "designate their children as recruited athletes, or other favored admission categories", federal records said.
Neither Huffman nor Loughlin have commented.