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March 29, 2019
More than a dozen parents accused of paying bribes to help get their kids into top universities are due in court. They will make initial appearances in Boston’s federal court on Friday. They’re among 33 prominent parents charged in what authorities have called the biggest college admissions bribery scam ever prosecuted by the U.S. Justice Department. Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are not scheduled to appear in court until next week.

BOSTON (AP) — More than a dozen parents charged in a nationwide college admissions cheating scheme are due in court.

They are expected to make initial appearances Friday in federal court in Boston.

They’re among 33 prominent parents charged in what authorities have called the biggest college admissions scam ever prosecuted.

Authorities say the parents paid an admission consultant to rig their children’s test scores and bribe coaches at sought-after schools.

Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin (LAWG’-lin) are charged in the case but are not scheduled to appear in court until next week. They have not publicly addressed the allegations.

On Thursday, former Yale University women’s soccer coach Rudy Meredith became the third person to plead guilty in the case.

The admissions consultant at the center of the scheme has also pleaded guilty.