\Lori Loughlin, who played Jody Travis on “Edge of Night,” has been indicted for allegedly being involved in a bribery scheme that would get their children to elite colleges, such as Yale and Stanford. Her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, has also been included in the 32 individuals charged for the scheme.
According to TVLine, the United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts has filed an indictment, which claims that Loughlin and Mossimo, and 30 other wealthy parents, have bribed administrators of college entrance exams. The scheme involved designating their kids as athletic recruits even if they were not, because athletic recruits have a better chance of being accepted than regular applicants.
Loughlin and Mossimo allegedly paid a total of $500,000 to have their two daughters designated as University of Southern California crew team recruits, but neither of them played in the sport.
“Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman is also among the charged and has already been arrested. She and her husband, William Macy, allegedly paid $15,000 to have someone take the SAT for their first daughter, and was planning to do the same for the younger daughter but decided not to do so.
Felicity Huffman has been released from federal custody while Lori Loughlin is expected to face charges Wednesday in a sweeping college admissions corruption scandal. https://t.co/2djQENbkYp
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) March 13, 2019
Prosecutors named William Rick Singer, founder of a college-prep business in California, as the one behind the scheme. He allegedly receives between $15,000 and $75,000 per test to have someone else take SAT or ACT exams on behalf of the wealthy parents’ children.
The payments were reportedly funneled to a pretend charity for “disadvantaged youth.” Quartz reports that in the past eight years, it is estimated that $25 million was paid by very rich parents hoping to get their kids in schools they would not be otherwise accepted.
Lori Loughlin Deletes Social Media Accounts in Wake of Alleged College Admissions Scam https://t.co/k5Xm0Ua3bG
— People (@people) March 13, 2019
In addition to 33 parents, there are 17 other individuals charged, including two SAT/ACT administrators, one exam proctor, nine coaches at elite schools and one college administrator, CNN reports.
Loughlin and Mossimo have not yet responded to the media’s request for comments.
Loughlin recurs in “Fuller House” and currently stars in “When Calls the Heart” on Hallmark Channel. She is also filming for the TV movie “Garage Sale Mysteries: Search & Seized.”