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5 stunning details from the DOJ's college entrance exam sting

The Justice Department on Tuesday revealed it had uncovered a massive college entrance exam cheating scam, charging 33 parents for using "bribery and other forms of fraud to facilitate their children's admission" into colleges. Those charged include actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, along with several NCAA Division I coaches who allegedly accepted bribes. Here are 5 of the wildest details in the indictments.

1. The kids weren't always in on it. The criminal complaint alleges that "in many instances," students didn't know any cheating was going on at all. No students or schools were charged Tuesday.

2. It's easy to be a Maxxinista. When a parent suggested a $160,000 donation could secure a spot on Stanford University's sailing team, a cooperating witness running the scheme scoffed, saying: "That's not all it takes. This is not TJ Maxx or Marshall's."

3. Athletics were huge. The Yale University women's soccer coach allegedly knew a recruit didn't even play soccer, but was paid $1.2 million and let her on the team anyway.

4. So was Photoshopping. Parents allegedly paid to have photos of their children edited onto the bodies of pole vaulters or water polo players to get them recruited as athletes, often dissing their kids' athletic abilities along the way. Students allegedly quit the teams once they got on campus or faked injuries.

5. Huffman loves Scooby Doo.

Unrelated bonus: It's not in the charges, but Loughlin's daughter, in an video announcing she was going to the University of Southern California, said "I don't really care about school" and "I don't know how much of school I'm gonna attend."

And another one: This 2016 tweet from Huffman is just begging for witty replies. Kathryn Krawczyk