Washington - Dozens of wealthy Americans, including two television actresses, were charged Tuesday in an alleged nationwide scheme to get their children admitted to elite US colleges.
Thirty-three parents who paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for fake documents needed for admission to schools such as Yale, Stanford and Georgetown were among those charged, the Justice Department said.
The scheme involved fake test scores, fake athletic credentials and other falsified admissions documents.
The two actresses charged are Felicity Huffman of "Desperate Housewives" and Lori Loughlin of "Full House." The other wealthy Americans included a fashion designer and the chairman of global law firm.
"The parents charged today despite already being able to give their children every legitimate advantage in the college admissions game instead chose to corrupt and illegally manipulate the system for their benefit," US attorney Andrew Lelling said at a news conference.