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William "Rick" Singer, 58, pleaded guilty in Boston federal court on Tuesday to running the largest college admissions fraud scam in US history through his small college preparation company in Newport Beach, California.

Like her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, who is also a suspect in the scam, Loughlin was allowed to put up her home as collateral to secure the bond, according to TMZ. However, until her preliminary hearing, which is scheduled for March 29 in Boston, Huffman is ordered to hand over her passport.

Big names such as actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin headlined the list of about 50 people charged in documents released on Tuesday that describe a scheme to cheat the admissions process at eight sought-after schools.

News that Loughlin had not yet been arrested on Tuesday morning as she was out of the country.

A federal judge says "Full House" actress Lori Loughlin (LAWK'-lin) can be released after posting $1 million bond in a case in which she and her husband are accused of paying bribes to get their daughters into college.

Loughlin and Giannulli reportedly agreed to pay $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters recruited to be part of the University of Southern California crew team ― even though neither teen actually rowed.

Other than Huffman and Loughlin, dozens of other people, including the CEOs of companies, were indicted in the case, dubbed "Operation Varsity Blues".

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Other prominent parents charged by the Boston U.S. attorney's office include Felicity Huffman, the actress who starred in "Desperate Housewives"; Gordon Caplan, the co-chairman of global law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher; and Bill McGlashan Jr., who heads a buyout investment arm of private equity firm TPG Capital.

Authorities have not said why her husband, actor William H. Macy, who has starred for the last several years in the Showtime series Shameless and was an Oscar nominee for the 1996 movie Fargo, has not been charged.

The actress "made a purported charitable contribution of $15,000 ... to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her eldest daughter", according to the 200-page legal documents.

Douglas Hodge - the former chief executive of investment firm Pimco, and another of the 33 parents charged in the $US25 million ($35 million) scam - appeared earlier in the day in a Boston court.

"Every student deserves to be considered on their individual merits when applying to college, and it's disgraceful to see anyone breaking the law to give their children an advantage over others", US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said in a statement Wednesday.

Several defendants, including Huffman, were charged with conspiracy to commit fraud, punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Among the alleged offences: six-figure bribes paid to college athletic coaches to vouch for applicants who may not have even competed in those sports, the use of stand-ins to take the all-important SAT and ACT entrance exams, and payments directed to test administrators to correct answers before submission. None of the children were charged on Tuesday.

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