Lori Loughlin arrested in college admissions scandal

14 March, 2019, 15:42 | Author: Rafael Roberts
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"Full House" actress Lori Loughlin appeared in federal court in Los Angeles on Wednesday to face charges of taking part in a scheme in which dozens of wealthy parents are accused of paying for their children to cheat their way into prestigious US universities.

According to court documents, Lori and Mossimo allegedly paid money to have Olivia (along with their older daughter, 20-year-old Isabella) deemed as recruits for the University of Southern California's crew team, despite them never actually participating in the sport once classes began.

She is scheduled to appear at U.S. District Court in Los Angeles around 2 p.m. PT on Tuesday afternoon.

Olivia Jade Giannulli, one of Loughlin's daughters, disabled comments on her Instagram posts on Wednesday after some of her 1.3 million followers lashed out against her.

The scandal has lit up social media, with many poking fun and expressing anger at the wealthy parents indicted - notably Loughlin and Huffman - as well as their children.

Regarding the scandal, Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent John Bonavolonta said in a statement (via Today), "We believe everyone charged here today had a role in fostering a culture of corruption and greed that created an uneven playing field for students trying to get into these schools the right way through hard work, good grades and community service". It was no accident that none were immediately charged, US Attorney Andrew Lelling of MA said Tuesday.

"Mostly, my parents really wanted me to go because both of them didn't go to college", she said.

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Actress Lori Loughlin (C) and her daughters Isabella Rose (L) and Olivia Jade Giannulli. Each were freed on $1 million bond Wednesday.

The entire operation was masterminded by William Singer of Newport Beach, authorities said. Their alleged scams include everything from faking SAT and ACT scores to paying college coaches to have their kids designated as athletic recruits.

Her daughter received a 1420 on her test, which was 400 points higher than a PSAT taken a year earlier without the same administrator, the complaint states.

All three are charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, a felony which carries a maximum sentence of five years behind bars. Isabella attempts to cover her face with her arm while in the auto, and as she walks toward her home, with her sunglasses. CNN also is seeking comment from the actresses' representatives.

Loughlin will also face charges in Boston Federal Court on March 29, according to Variety.

As reported by Today, this nationwide college admissions cheating scandal, which has reportedly resulted in kids being accepted to prestigious universities like Yale, Stanford, and Georgetown, is the "largest college admissions prosecution by the Justice Department in history". Several of the coaches accused of accepting bribes have been fired, placed on leave or have resigned.

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