Fresh Charges Laid Against Parents In College Admissions Scam

More charges are pending against the US parents, including actors Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, who paid bribes to get their children into elite schools.

US prosecutors have filed fresh conspiracy and money laundering charges against 16 parents charged with paying bribes to secure places for their children in elite universities.

It is the largest college admissions scam uncovered in US history.

Parents including Full House actor Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli had already been charged with racketeering conspiracy for their alleged role in the scheme, in which parents paid about $US25 million in bribes to secure their offspring places at universities including Yale, Georgetown and the University of Southern California.

UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 19: Actress Lori Loughlin visits Hallmark's "Home & Family" at Universal Studios Hollywood on December 19, 2018 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)

Fourteen parents, including Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman, on Monday pleaded guilty to taking part in the scam, masterminded by California college admissions consultant William "Rick" Singer.

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Singer last month pleaded guilty to facilitating the cheating scam and bribing coaches to present the parents' children as fake athletic recruits.

Prosecutors have not yet charged any applicants and said that in some cases the parents involved took steps to try to prevent their children from realising they were benefiting from fraud.

Colleges have begun revoking the admissions and pursuing expulsion of students who obtained their seats as a result of the fraud.