(Meredith/AP) - A California woman is suing Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman and others charged in an admissions scheme for $500 billion, claiming they prevented her son from being admitted to several universities.
Jennifer Kay Toy, a former Oakland school teacher, filed the class action lawsuit on Wednesday against the defendants named in "Operation Varsity Blues."
She said her son Joshua and other legitimate applicants were denied access to many of the schools implicated in the sweeping college admissions scandal.
"Joshua applied to some of the colleges where the cheating took place and did not get in," Toy said in the suit filed in a San Francisco court. "Joshua and I believed that he’d had a fair chance just like all other applicants but did not make the cut for some undisclosed reason."
"I’m outraged and hurt because I feel that my son, my only child, was denied access to a college not because he failed to work and study hard enough but because wealthy individuals felt that it was ok to lie, cheat, steal and bribe their children’s way into a good college."
- Jennifer Kay Toy
The scandal erupted Tuesday when federal prosecutors announced charges against more than 30 parents, including actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin. Prosecutors said the parents paid to rig standardized exams and bribed coaches to get their children designated as recruited athletes in sports they didn't even play, thereby boosting their chances of getting in.
It has since been dubbed "the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice."
Aside from Toy's lawsuit, several students have banned together to sue Yale, Georgetown, Stanford and other institutions involved in the case.
The plaintiffs brought the class-action complaint Wednesday in federal court in San Francisco on behalf of themselves and other applicants, asking for unspecified damages and the return of all application fees.
They argued that applicants who played by the rules were victimized when rich and famous parents paid bribes that enabled unqualified students to get into highly selective universities.
Legal experts, though, said the students could have difficulty holding the colleges responsible.