The scheme began in 2011, prosecutors said, and also helped children get into the University of Texas, Georgetown University, the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles. The series was recently renewed for a fifth and final season.
Parents spent anywhere from $200,000 to $6.5 million to guarantee their children's admission, officials said.
If convicted on federal charges, the parents and those who are said to have helped them could face up to twenty years in jail.
Other defendants include wealthy individuals such as actors, a fashion designer, the co-chairman of a global law firm and CEOs of major companies, according to the BBC.
"I don't know how much of school I'm gonna attend", Giannulli said in one video clip where she talks about her plans for school.
No students were charged. It may have been tactical, or they simply chose the stronger case. He did not elaborate. Coaches allegedly accepted bribes in exchange for admitting students as athletes, regardless of their ability. That, in turn, boosted the students' chances of admission.
In many cases, the students were not aware that their parents had arranged for the cheating, prosecutors said, although in other cases they knowingly took part. That made it easier to pull off the tampering, prosecutors said.
Among wealthy business leaders charged were Manuel Henriquez, the chief of Hercules Capital; Gamal Abdelaziz, president of Wynn Resorts Development; Gordon Caplan, head of the well-known global law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher; and Gregory Abbott, founder and chairman of worldwide Dispensing Company.
From 2011 to 2018, Lelling said wealthy parents made about $25 million in payments to guarantee their children's admission to elite schools, and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents wiretapped phone calls involving some of the parents and a cooperating witness.
"And it works?" Caplan asked. The scheme allegedly centered around William "Rick" Singer, a Newport Beach, Calif., admissions consultant.
Singer has agreed to plead guilty in the case.
Colleges moved quickly to discipline the coaches accused.
Yale University and USC said in separate statements they were cooperating with investigators. USC also said it is reviewing its admissions process to prevent further such abuses.
Meredith, referred to in the affidavit as Cooperating Witness 3, allegedly pocketed $400,000 for allowing a recruit who had never once played the sport onto the team.
Riddell would allegedly take college entrance exams for students or correct their answers afterward, according to the affidavit.
Reps for Huffman and Loughlin did not immediately return PEOPLE's calls for comment.
Huffman is accused of paying $US15,000 ($21,175) - disguised as a charitable donation - to the Key Worldwide Foundation so her oldest daughter could participate in the scam.