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Jeffrey Epstein's co-conspirator and ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell is cooperating with the feds following her arrest on child sex trafficking charges.

Maxwell is under heavy guard a day after she was arrested at her hideaway in New Hampshire.

Maxwell, 58, is accused of grooming underage girls and teenagers for sex with Epstein in his Upper East Side townhouse, New Mexico, Florida and London.

The British socialite reportedly received over $20 million from Epstein for her procurement services.

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Maxwell went into hiding in New Hampshire after Epstein, 66, took his own life in a Manhattan jail cell last year.

Epstein's former employer Steven Hoffenberg said Maxwell "knows everything" and will "totally co-operate".

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One of the people who should be very worried is England's Prince Andrew, who made numerous trips across the pond to visit Epstein's Manhattan townhouse and was a repeat guest on Epstein's private plane, dubbed the "Lolita Express."

"She's going to cooperate and be very important. Andrew is definitely, definitely concerned," Hoffenberg said.

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Others who are likely to be very concerned about what Maxwell tells the feds are super model Naomi Campbell (pictured), Tesla founder Elon Musk, media mogul Oprah Winfrey, and former President Bill Clinton.

Maxwell faces 35 years in prison if she doesn't cut a deal with the feds.

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Jeffrey Epstein's longtime associate Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested this morning and charged with child sex-trafficking.

Epstein's alleged madam and one-time girlfriend is accused of luring young girls and teenagers to Epstein's Manhattan home to engage in sex with the billionaire financier.

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Epstein and Maxwell were pals with the rich and famous, including England's Prince Andrew, former President Bill Clinton, and current President Donald Trump (pictured in 1997 with Maxwell).

Maxwell was ordered held without bail during a hearing in a New Hampshire federal court on Thursday.

She went into hiding in New Hampshire after Epstein, 66, took his own life in a Manhattan jail cell last year.

The British socialite waived her right to have a detention hearing in New Hampshire. She will be transported to Manhattan where she faces a six-count federal indictment on child sex trafficking charges.

Maxwell, 58, is accused of grooming underage girls and teenagers for sex with Epstein in his Upper East Side townhouse, New Mexico, Florida and London.

"The victims were as young as 14 years old when they were groomed and abused by Maxwell and Epstein, both of whom knew that certain victims were in fact under the age of 18,” the indictment reads, according to the NY Post.

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Former Sandrarose.com Morning Wood Ray Hushpuppi is busted. The billionaire real estate mogul was arrested in Dubai and extradited to the United States on charges of fraud and money laundering.

He was submitted as Morning Wood by a loyal reader who referred to him as her "dream man."

The popular Nigerian businessman, real name Ray Igbalodely, has over 2 million followers on Instagram.com where he shows off his flashy cars and high end clothing, bags and shoes.

Igbalodely was taken into custody by at his luxury condominium Pallazo Versace along with his entire team.

The arrest came after a joint sting operation by the FBI, the U.S. Secret Service, and Interpol.

Igbalodely is charged with fraudulently obtaining $35 million in wired funds from the U.S. government under the pretense of testing Nigerians for the Covid-19 virus.

Igbalodely's fleet of luxury vehicles were seized in addition to is extensive watch and jewelry collection and cash.

Igbalodely's associates Sean the Escaper, Tony Roma, "HP", and a 4th man were also arrested. They all lived together at the Pallazo Versace in Dubai, according to published reports.

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A Las Vegas couple has been charged with defrauding Medicaid out of $13 million and laundering the money by purchasing expensive jewelry, cars, designer handbags and other luxury goods.

Timothy and Latisha Harron were charged with seven counts of defrauding the North Carolina Medicaid system, according to Insider.com.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the couple committed "massive fraud" by laundering $13 million through their purchase of expensive luxury goods, gym equipment, luxury watches, high-end vehicles and a private jet worth $900,000.


 

The Harrons flossed their affluent lifestyle on social media where they shared photos of Tiffany Jewelry boxes, designer clothes and handbags, and vacations to exotic locales, including Bora Bora and Cancun.

A federal grand jury indicted the couple on May 19, according to the DOJ. The Harrons, who married in 2018, were arrested Wednesday and charged with seven counts of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud, aggravated identify theft, conspiracy to commit money laundering and making false statements related to health care matters.

The Harrons allegedly stole the money by submitting fraudulent bills to Medicaid through Agape Healthcare Systems, Inc. -- a company founded by Latisha, 44, in North Carolina in 2010.

She committed fraud by registering the company with Medicaid in NC without disclosing she had previously been convicted of identity theft.

The couple allegedly searched through obituaries to find people who had recently died in North Carolina. Using information from the obituaries, they would turn to the NC Medicaid eligibility tool to find whether the person had a Medicaid Identification Number.

Using that number, they back billed Medicaid for "fictitious services" they claimed to have provided to the person before death.

The couple flaunted their extravagant lifestyle on Instagram, showing off expensive jewelry, and posing for pictures at 5-star restaurants, luxury suites at sporting events, and on lavish vacations. Mr. Harron tagged the photos "#millionaire, #billionaire, #entrepreneur" and "millionaire lifestyle."


 

In one caption for a photo gallery showing off Tiffany boxes and high end shoes and bags, Harron wrote, "Sometimes it's a @tiffanyandco , @brioni_official & @louisvuitton kind of day! All delivered and didn't have to leave the #penthouse. Mrs. Harron, nothing but the best!"

When the couple was arrested, the feds seized an Aston Martin sports car and the couple's expensive wine collection.
 

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Lori Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli have agreed to change their not guilty pleas to guilty in exchange for serving two to five months in a federal prison.

Loughlin, 55, and Giannulli, 56, were arrested in March 2019 and charged with paying a middle man $500,000 to get their two daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose Giannulli, into USC by passing them off as rowing recruits.
 
READ MORE: Lori Loughlin's 2 Daughters Withdraw from USC Amid Bullying Fears
 
For over a year, they proclaimed their innocence and refused to agree to a plea deal, preferring to take their chances in front of a jury.

But they changed their minds after the coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S. Prosecutors will ask a judge to sentence the couple to 2-5 months in prison, the plea agreements say.

Loughlin will pay a fine of $150,000 and save 100 hours of community service. Her husband agreed to a fine of $250,000 and 250 hours of community service.

Both of them got off easy compared to the years in prison they faced if they were convicted of all charges.

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A reality TV personality who starred in VH1's Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta has been arrested and charged with misusing over $2 million from the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

Maurice "Mo" Fayne, of Dacula, Georgia, was charged with bank fraud for allegedly spending over $2 million in coronavirus relief funds on jewelry, cars and late child support payments.

Fayne submitted an application for a $3.7 million bailout loan under the name Flame Trucking, claiming he needed the cash to pay his 107 employees with an average monthly payroll of $1,490,200.

In submitting the application to United Community Bank, Fayne certified that he would use the money to "retain workers and maintain payroll or make mortgage interest payments, lease payments, and utility payments, as specified under the PPP guidelines.

UCB Bank immediately funded the loan in the amount of $2,045,800, and Fayne allegedly went on a shopping spree.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) said he immediately spent $85,000 on jewelry, including a Rolex Presidential wristwatch, a diamond bracelet for a lucky lady, a 5.73-carat diamond pinky ring for himself and a luxury vehicle worth over $300,000.

The feds say he also spent $40,000 on child support.

Acting on a tip, the feds interviewed Fayne on May 6, whereupon he allegedly lied about what he did with the money.

Fayne told federal investigators that he spent the $2,045,800 loan on payroll and other expenses for his trucking company. He denied spending the cash on luxury items for himself.

Federal agents soon served a search warrant on Fayne's Dacula home. There they recovered $80,000 in cash, including $9,400 that Fayne had in his pockets. And they seized a 2019 Rolls Royce Wraith, which still had the dealer tag on it.

The MSRP for a base Rolls Royce Wraith without options is $327,000.

Agents also executed seizure warrants for three bank accounts that Fayne owned or controlled and seized approximately $503,000 in PPP funds.

None of the expenditures were authorized under the CARES Act guidelines. The money is intended to go to small businesses for employe retention, mortgage insurance, rent and other allowable business expenses.

The loan is forgiven if used within eight weeks to retain employees.

"The defendant allegedly stole money meant to assist hard-hit employees and businesses during these difficult times, and instead greedily used the money to bankroll his lavish purchases of jewelry and other personal items," said Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.

"The defendant allegedly took advantage of the emergency lending provisions of the Paycheck Protection Program that were intended to assist employees and small businesses battered by the Coronavirus," said U.S. Attorney Byung J. "BJay" Pak of the Northern District of Georgia.

"We will investigate and charge anyone who inappropriately diverts these critical funds for their own personal gain."

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The Department of Justice has dropped all charges against President Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

The news sent shockwaves through Washington DC, a week after evidence released to Flynn's lawyers show FBI agents tried to trap Flynn into lying to them.

Flynn, a Democrat, had been director of the Defense Intelligence Agency under President Barack Obama but was terminated from his job.

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He then joined Trump's presidential campaign helping to shape Trump's foreign policy and introducing Trump at his campaign rallies.

Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in 2017. He also agreed to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia collusion probe that found no wrongdoing by Trump's administration.

In January 2020, Flynn filed documents to withdraw his guilty plea. His sentencing was "indefinitely postponed" until a later date.

The retired Army Lt. General was an important figure in Trump's administration. He served under Trump for only one month before he was accused of accepting money from foreign governments without approval in 2016.

President Trump told reporters he had no prior knowledge of the DOJ's decision to drop all charges.

Earlier in the week, Trump said he would welcome Flynn back into his administration.

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation announced the arrest of fugitive Afzal "Bobby" Khan, who had been on the run since October 2014.

The former "Real Housewives of New Jersey" TV personality was wanted for his alleged involvement in a $1.7 million luxury car scam in Bergen County, according to a report.

Khan, 37, who was captured in the UAE in early February, was added to the FBI's "Most Wanted List" after he fled the country with his family to avoid prosecution in 2014.

The former luxury car dealer, who opened the Emporio Motor Group in Ramsey in 2013, was a high profile cast member on RHONJ. Some of the cast members were listed among his clients.

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Khan is charged with 5 counts of wire fraud and 5 counts of bank fraud after he allegedly obtained 21 car loans for luxury vehicles that he never delivered.

Khan allegedly used his clients' information to take out large car loans and then pocketed the cash, leaving his clients on the hook for car payments for vehicles they never received.

Among the cars Khan secured loans for in 2014 were a Rolls Royce Phantom, a Lamborghini Aventador, a Porsche 911, a Audi, and a 2012 Rolls Royce Ghost.

The loan amounts ranged from $50,000 for the Audi to $160,000 for the Rolls Royce Ghost, according to NJ.com.

Khan nor Emporio had the titles to the cars, authorities said. People who bought the cars were unable to register or legally drive the vehicles.

Khan also allegedly sold luxury cars on consignment for clients, but failed to deliver the cars or the cash.

A federal arrest warrant was issued for Khan on October 21, 2014 after more than 75 customers filed complaints, according to the FBI.

An agent with the FBI's Newark field office said Khan called his office from the United Arab Emirates to negotiate his own surrender after 5 years on the lam.

He reportedly begged for free passage for himself and his family on a government charter flight back to the U.S. if he turned himself in.

"Mr. Khan came to the sobering reality that he could not outrun the FBI," said Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie.

Khan is being held in Bergen County Jail without bail while he awaits trial. He faces 100 years in prison if convicted on all counts.

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A Georgia woman pleaded guilty to fraudulently collecting disability payments while working at a DeKalb County strip club.

Valencia D. Williams, 31, worked nights stripping for money under the name "Chrissy the Doll," federal prosecutors say.

The Lithonia resident told the Social Security Administration she was bedridden due to severe anxiety and depression and she was unable to work.

Williams pleaded guilty to Social Security fraud after it was determined she collected over $60,000 in disability benefits that she was not entitled to, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Williams applied for benefits in July 2010, citing major depression and a panic disorder that prevented her from working or even leaving her home, prosecutors said.

After her benefits began rolling in, Williams applied for an adult entertainment permit in 2014 and took a job dancing at Strokers Adult Entertainment Club in Clarkston, Ga.

Authorities say she danced until 4 a.m., taking home thousands of dollars in tips per week. A search of county public records shows she obtained adult entertainment permits each year through 2018.

"The Social Security Administration's (Supplemental Security Income) program is intended for individuals whose income is below the federal poverty guidelines, who are truly disabled, and cannot engage in work activity," U.S. Attorney Byung J. "BJay" Pak said, according to the AJC.

"Williams was able to work and therefore she was not disabled. Moreover, the income she received by working would have likely rendered her ineligible for SSI. By getting SSI when she did not qualify, she stole money from the most needy members of our communities: the poor and the disabled."

Williams sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 26.

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Cardi B's alleged attack on two sisters who were bartenders at Angels Strip Club in Queens, New York in 2018 was orchestrated by her bestie Star Brim, feds say.

On Tuesday, federal prosecutors charged Brim with racketeering and illegal gang activities for allegedly heading a notorious NY street gang.

Feds reportedly gave Brim, who is 9 months pregnant, one month to turn herself in after giving birth. The baby is due this month (Feb).

The first-time mom proudly posed with her baby daddy, an alleged Crips gang member, at her baby shower last month.

Brim captioned an Instagram image: "THE PARENTS... HAVEN'T PARTIED FOR 8 MONTHS HAD TO TURN UP".
 

Also attending the baby shower was her bestie Cardi B, actress LaLa Anthony, and rapper Pop Smoke, who was killed in a home invasion early Wednesday in California.

According to the New York Post's gossip column Page Six, the rapper's best friend ordered the 5-9 Brims gang members to target two sisters and deliver a savage beatdown without killing them.

After a gang member sent her video of the first assault on the sisters, Brim, whose real name is Yonette Respass, didn't think the first assault was "vicious" enough, court documents claim. So she ordered gang members to attack the women again.

Prosecutors unsealed federal indictments against the "Bodak Yellow" rapper's alleged "muscle" Jeffrey Bush, 35, and her close pal Brim, 28, on racketeering conspiracy charges for their alleged involvement with the 5-9 Brims, a chapter of the notorious Bloods gang.

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Brim, who is allegedly the gangs' 'godmother' or highest-ranking female member, apparently ordered a beatdown on the sisters for showing disrespect to Cardi, prosecutors allege.

One of the sisters was accused of sleeping with Cardi's promiscuous husband, rapper Offset of Migos. Brim (left) and Cardi are pictured at a Queens, NY courthouse, where Cardi faces trial on assault charges.

"I want hands put on them. I don't even want no talking," Brim ordered the gang, according to court papers.

Bush and three other female gang members then arrived at the Angels strip club on August 15, where they grabbed one of the bartenders by the hair, dragged her across the bar and punched her in the head.

Bush recorded the entire incident on his cell phone and sent the footage to Brim, who was doing time in prison for assault.

 

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"Dissatisfied with the first attack, defendant Respass continued communicating with other enterprise members about the assault, and discussed whether the assault was vicious enough or if 5-9 Brims needed to attack the victim again," a detention memo alleges.
 

Bush and Cardi B, real name Belcalis Almanzar, still have assault charges pending against them in Queens Supreme Court for the second incident. Cardi, who was present but did not participate in the assaults, has pleaded not guilty on the assault charges.

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Cardi B's bestie Star Brim is heading back to prison. She was indicted by the federal government on RICO charges for being "Godmother" of the 59 Brims street gang.

Lead prosecutor Geoffrey S. Berman, who also collared rapper Tekashi69 and the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, set his sights on Brim before she was released from prison last year.

Brim, who was born Yonette Respass, was named in the federal indictment announced by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York on Tuesday.

Prosecutors charged Brim and 10 other alleged 59 Brims Gang members on RICO counts and conspiracy to commit assault in-aid-of racketeering, in addition to other violence and illegal activity between January 2012 and December 2019.

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The feds say Brim orchestrated the attack against two female bartenders at a NY strip club because they "disrespected" Cardi B.

Brim, who was behind bars at the time, allegedly ordered her subordinates to attack the women without murdering them. According to the indictment, Brim ordered her underlings to touch the 2 women with extreme violence.

"I want hands put on them," Brim reportedly told gang members. "I don't even want no talking."

In August, members of the 59 Brims gang, who are affiliated with the Bloods, arrived at the Angels strip club to confront the two sisters who worked as bartenders there. One of the sisters was accused of sleeping with Cardi's husband, rapper Offset of Migos.

Though Cardi did not physically participate in the attack, police say she watched it go down, as her crew threw chairs and bottles at the sisters, who sustained serious facial and head injuries.

Surveillance footage from inside the bar shows co-defendant Jeffrey Bush filming the attack on his cell phone.

A woman standing next to Bush ordered a drink from the intended target, who was asked to lean closer. The woman then grabbed the victim by her hair and dragged her over the bar while beating her in the head with a bottle.

Bush filmed the entire assault and sent the footage to Brim in prison. After reviewing the video, Brim decided the violence was not vicious enough, according to the indictment.

The defendants were then ordered to carry out a second assault on the sisters about two weeks later at Angels strip club. Cardi was in the house for the second assault as well.

The sisters were fired by the strip club's management after the two incidents. The women later sued the club's owner.

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Cardi was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault and reckless endangerment in the strip club attack in the summer of 2019.

Cardi, whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, is seen above arriving at the courthouse with Brim by her side.

Brim's gang is also accused of murdering members of a rival gang, Real Ryte, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, and unlawful use of firearms for drug trafficking purposes.

Cardi and Brim were friends before she skyrocketed to hip-hop fame with her summer anthem "Bodak Yellow."

Brim, who is currently pregnant, is negotiating the terms of her surrender. If convicted, she faces up to 50 years in federal prison.

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A Florida man is behind bars for threatening President Donald Trump on Facebook Live. Chauncy Lump, 26, wore a towel on his head and a show curtain over his body in the Facebook Live video.

He smeared white cream on his face and threatened Trump’s life after Iranian general Qassem Soleimani was blown apart in a drone missile strike in Iraq on Jan. 3.

"He killed my leader, and I have to kill him. I am ready for Donald. I am ready," Lump said, according to the complaint.

"Do Not play with me, I have AK-47, I have it here, do not play with me, okay," he said before threatening to travel to West Palm Beach, Florida, where Trump was staying on Friday night.

When Secret Service agents showed up at his door the next day, Lump told them the threats were intended as "a joke." But federal agents weren't laughing as they took him into custody.

Lump was charged with knowingly and willfully making threats to kill and inflict bodily harm upon the president of the United States, a federal crime.

The Secret Service was tipped off by a Facebook employee who spotted the video shortly after it went live on a page called "BlackMan Vs America."

Lump legally owns a semi-automatic pistol. He told agents he had a bachelor's degree in homeland security from Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, but authorities ran a background check and learned he only completed one semester.

Lump told authorities the video was a mistake. "I shouldn't have did it in the first place," he said, according to the complaint.

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Two New York City jail guards were arrested on Tuesday for failing to check on Jeffrey Epstein the night he took his own life in his jail cell in August.

The two federal Bureau of Prisons employees are suspected of failing to check on Epstein every half-hour, as required when an inmate was recently taken off suicide watch. The jail guards are also suspected of fabricating log entries to say they had checked on the high-profile inmate.

The guards, who were taken into custody early Tuesday morning, are expected to be formally charged in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan later Tuesday, Nov. 19.

Investigators believe the guards failed to check on Epstein for several hours, giving him ample opportunity to fashion a noose and hang himself with it.

Epstein was in jail awaiting a hearing on multiple counts of felony child molestation and human trafficking.

He was placed on suicide watch after he attempted to hang himself on July 23. He was found unconscious on his cell floor with bruises on his neck.

Epstein was taken off suicide watch about a week before his death, but guards were still required to check on him every 30 minutes because he was still considered at risk for self harm.

Conspiracy theorists argue that Epstein did not kill himself. They say Epstein was killed to silence him because he was about to reveal the identities of high-profile pedophiles in his inner circle.

A famed forensic pathologist hired by his brother determined that Epstein died by homicidal violence. The pathologist found tiny broken bones in Epstein's neck that are indicative of strangulation.

Forensic experts told the Dailymail.com that the hyoid bone near the Adam's apple can be fractured when a person hangs himself, but a broken hyoid bone is most often found in cases where victims were strangled to death.

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Actress Felicity Huffman was released from a federal prison after serving 11 days of her 14 day sentence for her role in the U.S. college admissions scandal.

The former 'Desperate Housewives' star was sentenced to 14 days behind bars in September after pleading guilty to charges of bribing education officials in a desperate attempt to get her daughter into an elite university, WENN.com reports.

The disgraced actress reported to the low-security all-women's Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California to begin her punishment on October 15, but she was allowed to walk free on Friday, Oct. 25, after just 11 days behind bars, reports NBC News.

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As part of her sentence, which was handed down in a federal courtroom in Boston, Massachusetts, she will also have to pay a $30,000 fine and complete 250 hours of community service.

In addition, the 56-year-old will spend the next year on probation.

Huffman was one of 30 well-to-do parents, including 'Fuller House' star Lori Loughlin, to be charged with cheating top schools to favor their privileged children.

Huffman was given a lenient sentence because she accepted responsibility and threw herself on the mercy of the court.

Loughlin has pleaded not guilty and she was hit with additional felony charges this week. A judge is expected to throw the book at Loughlin when she is sentenced.

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Actress Felicity Huffman reported to prison on Tuesday morning to begin serving a 14-day sentence for her role in the U.S. college admissions scandal.

The former 'Desperate Housewives' star reported to the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California "to serve the term of imprisonment Judge Talwani ordered as one part of the punishment she imposed for Ms. Huffman's actions," according to the fallen star's representatives.

"She will begin serving the remainder of the sentence Judge Talwani imposed - one year of supervised release, with conditions including 250 hours of community service - when she is released," a statement reads.

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WENN.com reports Huffman will serve the next two weeks in the low-security all-women's federal prison, located in Alameda County in California.

Huffman, 56, accepted responsibility and pleaded guilty to charges of bribing a middleman to get her daughter into an elite university.

She learned her fate in a federal courtroom in Boston, Massachusetts on September 13.

She was also ordered to pay a $30,000 fine and complete 250 hours of community service upon her release in 2 weeks. The actress will also be placed on probation for one year.

She was one of 30 affluent parents, including 'Fuller House' star Lori Loughlin, who were charged with cheating the system.

Loughlin, 55, pleaded not guilty and has yet to be sentenced. A federal judge is expected to throw the book at Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, 56, who also pleaded not guilty.
 

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