NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) - More than 50 people, including two celebrities and a lawyer from Connecticut, face charges for their suspected involvement in a college bribery scheme.,Investigators said more than 30 wealthy parents, including actors Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, Connecticut lawyer Gordon Caplan, and nine coaches were involved.,Among those coaches was a former soccer coach at Yale.,Investigators said Singer mailed former Yale soccer coach Rudy Meredith a check for $400,000.,According to court documents, Singer would take "Yale applicant 1's art portfolio" then "'revise' the materials to 'soccer.'"
The federal investigation into a massive cheating scandal in which prominent actors and business leaders got their children into elite universities included seeking records from several prominent Southern California prep schools, according to two sources familiar with the probe.The sources did not name the schools but said they are some of the most well-known private institutions in the area.,They said federal authorities issued subpoenas for records involving some of the students involved in the fraud case.One source with knowledge of the investigation stressed that officials are not at this point accusing the schools of wrongdoing but rather seeking information about student performance and other details.The scheme, which began in 2011, centered around the owner of a for-profit Newport Beach college admissions company that wealthy parents paid to help their children cheat on college entrance exams and to falsify athletic records of students to enable them to secure admission to elite schools, including UCLA, USC, Stanford, Yale and Georgetown, according to court records.Fifty people, across academia and college sports as well as a cadre of super-wealthy parents, have been charged in what prosecutors say is the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted.,He said they knowingly conspired to help their children cheat or buy their children admission to elite schools through fraud.Among those charged were Hollywood actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin.Huffman is in custody in Los Angeles, along with 11 others.,Law enforcement sources told The Times she was flying to Los Angeles to surrender.Loughlin, of Full House" fame, and Huffman, whose credits include the hit ABC show Desperate Housewives, are charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.,According to court records, Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, the famous creator of clothing brand Mossimo, agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team even though they did not participate in crew.Huffman is accused of disguising a $15,000 charitable payment in the bribery scheme, according to court records.
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The fallout from the nationwide college admission scheme continued Wednesday with USC announcing a review of the applications of students involved in the scandal, which includes Olivia Jade Giannulli, the daughter of actress Lori Loughlin.,USC released the following statement:
“Applicants in the current admissions cycle who are connected to the scheme alleged by the government will be denied admission to USC.,Loughlin was in federal court Wednesday in Los Angeles, where she and her husband Mossimo Giannulli are accused of paying $500,000 in order for their two daughters to be designated as recruits to the USC crew team – despite the fact that neither of them ever participated in crew, the indictment claims.,RELATED: Lori Loughlin’s Daughter: ‘I Don’t Really Care About School’
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge on Friday permanently blocked the Trump administration from imposing conditions that police departments cooperate with immigration authorities to receive law enforcement grants.,The Department of Justice exceeded its authority and violated the constitution by requiring grant recipients to allow immigration authorities into jails and provide advance notice before releasing detainees suspected of being in the country illegally, Judge Manuel Real said.,Real said he agreed with a related ruling from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago that said: “The attorney general in this case used the sword of federal funding to conscript state and local authorities to aid in federal civil immigration enforcement.,The grant rules were imposed by former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who said cities endangered public safety if they didn’t help enforce immigration laws.,Los Angeles is one of many U.S. cities that have implemented sanctuary laws aimed at focusing law enforcement officers on local crime rather than detaining people suspected of being in the country illegally.
Redoing last weekend's controversial NFC title game between the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints would mean a pricey delay of the upcoming Super Bowl, the NFL said Friday.,In a legal filing, NFL Chief Financial Officer Joseph Siclare said replaying even a few minutes of the NFC championship game because of a missed passed interference call would force a delay for an event that demands an investment of "more than $100 million," the New Orleans Advocate reported .,Siclare's sworn affidavit was submitted by the NFL to get one of two pending lawsuits over officiating moved from state civil court to New Orleans federal court.,The league cited a federal law that allows a defendant to automatically remove a state class-action lawsuit to federal court when the parties are from different states and the amount of the damages sought by the plaintiffs exceeds $5 million.,But the far bigger cost, Siclare suggested, would be if the Feb. 3 Super Bowl is delayed by a court in order to rewind the clock and replay all or a portion of the NFC title game— a result urged by the plaintiffs and much of "Who Dat Nation," which is also listed as a plaintiff.
A wrongful death lawsuit over a police officer's deadly shooting of a Fairfield man in a Walmart store is set to go before a jury in February.,(Crawford Family)
BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WKRC) - A wrongful death lawsuit over a police officer's deadly shooting of a Fairfield man in a Walmart store is set to go before a jury in February.,An officer shot 22-year-old John Crawford III in Beavercreek in August 2014.,His family sued the city, police and Walmart in federal court.,Federal authorities concluded there wasn't enough evidence to criminally charge the officer who killed Crawford while responding to a 911 call.
The Los Angeles Unified Board of Education passed a controversial proposal Tuesday that eases background check requirements for some parent volunteers in anticipation of the need for help in the event of a strike.,Those volunteers will not need to pass a full federal background check, but will still be checked against a national database of sex offenders.
Larry Langford, who scratched his way out of the poverty and violence of a Birmingham housing project to become a charismatic politician who won the highest elective offices in Birmingham and Jefferson County only to lose it all when convicted of public corruption, is dead.,In October of 2009, Langford was convicted on 60 counts of wrongdoing, including bribery, fraud and money laundering related to his time as Jefferson County Commission president.,Yet, that self-declaration of honesty beaten into Langford as a boy flies in the face of the description of the man that a federal jury found accepted almost a quarter of a million dollars in cash and luxury items in exchange for using his office to guide millions of dollars in Jefferson County bond business to old friends.,Larry Langford found guilty on all 60 counts The irony of Langford’s life is, that for a man who reached the heights of politics in Alabama’s largest city and county, his fall fulfilled his greatest fear as a kid growing up in the projects.,In October 2009, Langford was convicted on 60 counts of wrong doing, including bribery, fraud and money laundering related to his time as Jefferson County Commission president.
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles Unified School District has filed papers in federal court seeking an order to prevent a strike by members of United Teachers Los Angeles who provide “special-education support and services to more than 60,000 students.”,“To protect more than 60,000 special-needs students, Los Angeles Unified is seeking approval to move forward with a complaint to prevent UTLA leadership and its members from engaging in a denial of services to special needs students during a strike,” General Counsel David Holmquist said in a statement.,“A strike would be detrimental to students with disabilities and their families, depriving the students of the special-education support and services they rely on each day.”,Such students are protected by federal and state special-education laws, and LAUSD is monitored under a modified federal consent decree for special education, according to the district.,District officials said they are seeking permission to move forward with a complaint in Los Angeles federal court to ensure that special-needs students do not lose access to services they need if UTLA moves forward with a planned Jan. 10 teacher walkout.