Actresses Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman and Other Parents Make Court Appearances

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Actress Felicity Huffman has made her initial appearance in Boston's federal court in a nationwide college admissions cheating scandal.

Huffman did not speak other than to respond to a series of yes or no questions by the judge during the brief hearing Wednesday. She was not asked to enter a plea.

The "Desperate Housewives" star is accused of paying $15,000 disguised as a charitable donation to rig her daughter's SAT score.

She was arrested last month along with fellow actress Lori Loughlin, Loughlin's fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, and other prominent parents and college coaches.

Neither Huffman nor her lawyers have publicly addressed the allegations. She was charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

Actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, appeared in court on allegations they paid bribes to get their daughters into the University of Southern California.

Loughlin and Giannulli sat next to each other with their lawyers as the judge asked them if they understood their rights Wednesday in Boston's federal court.

They were not asked to enter a plea.

They are accused of paying $500,000 to have their two daughters labeled as recruits to the USC crew team, even though neither participated in the sport. Neither they nor their attorneys have publicly addressed the charges against them.

They were among 33 parents charged in the college admissions scheme involving coaches at sought-after schools including Georgetown and Yale.

They were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

Actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman are expected in court on Wednesday to face charges that they participated in a wide-ranging college admissions cheating scam.

The actresses along with Loughlin's fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli and dozens of others were charged last month in a scheme in which authorities say parents paid an admissions consultant to bribe college coaches and rig test scores to get their children into elite universities.

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Neither Huffman nor Loughlin and Giannulli has publicly commented on the allegations. They and other parents are scheduled to make their first appearances in Boston's federal court.

Loughlin, who played Aunt Becky on the sitcom "Full House" in the 1980s and '90s, and Giannulli are accused of paying $500,000 to have their two daughters labeled as recruits to the University of Southern California crew team, even though neither participated in the sport.

Giannulli, whose Mossimo clothing had long been a Target brand, is also scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

The Hallmark Channel — where Loughlin starred in popular holiday movies and the series "When Calls the Heart" — cut ties with Loughlin a day after her arrest.

Loughlin and Giannulli's daughter, social media star Olivia Jade Giannulli, has also been dropped from advertising deals with cosmetics retailer Sephora and hair products company TRESemme.

Huffman, the Emmy-winning star of ABC's "Desperate Housewives," is accused of paying $15,000 that she disguised as a charitable donation to cheat on her daughter's college entrance exam.

Among the other parents expected in the Boston court Wednesday is Gordon Caplan, former co-chairman of the international law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher, based in New York.

Caplan is accused of paying $75,000 to get a test supervisor to correct the answers on his daughter's ACT exam after she took it. Caplan's firm said after his arrest that he has been placed on a leave of absence.

The consultant at the center of the scheme, Rick Singer, has pleaded guilty and is cooperating with investigators. Former Yale women's soccer coach Rudy Meredith has also pleaded guilty.

Several coaches have pleaded not guilty , including tennis coach Gordon Ernst who's accused of getting $2.7 million in bribes to designate at least 12 applicants as recruits to Georgetown.

-AP