The defendants are each charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud in a scheme that prosecutors have called “Operation Varsity Blues.” Authorities say the parents paid a college prep business to cheat on standardized tests and/or bribe college coaches to help get their children into competitive universities.
Huffman arrived at federal court just before noon. Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, arrived in the early afternoon ahead of the 2:30 p.m. hearing.
In court, they acknowledged their rights, charges, and maximum possible penalties. They waived a pretrial hearing, signed conditions of their release, and were free to leave.