They said federal authorities issued subpoenas for records involving some of the students involved in the fraud case.
The accused, who also include chief executives, financiers, the chairman of a prominent law firm, a winemaker and fashion designer, allegedly cheated on admissions tests and arranged for bribes to get their children into prestigious schools including Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and the University of Southern California, federal prosecutors said.
According to the 204-page document, actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman are among 33 parents who bribed college coaches and standardised test-takers with millions of dollars in order to get their children into elite universities.
Loughlin's lawyer Perry Viscounty declined comment outside the courtroom, where a day earlier her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, was freed on similar terms. Ernst had planned to attend a job interview in Toronto soon, he said, "although I don't know the impact from these proceedings". Others appeared in courts in Boston, New York, Connecticut and elsewhere.
UT-Austin placed Center on administrative leave after the allegations came out and said it is fully cooperating with the probe, which prompted charges against dozens of other coaches and wealthy parents accused of scheming to get students into elite schools.
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Numerous coaches were quickly fired or suspended by the colleges.
Court documents say an admissions consulting company in California was paid $25 million from 2011 through February 2019 to help facilitate the bribes. "USC is conducting an internal investigation and will take employment actions as appropriate". None of the four accepted students played tennis competitively in high school.
The span of the investigation is massive, utilizing 200 FBI agents across the country to charge the 50 people in six states - making it the largest college admissions prosecution the Justice Department has ever seen, Lelling pointed out.
Singer agreed to plead guilty to fraud charges and assisted investigators in obtaining evidence against his customers and co-conspirators.
U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling in Boston said Tuesday at a news conference that the colleges are not targets of the continuing investigation.
"USC is in the process of identifying any funds received by the university in connection with this alleged scheme".