Lori Loughlin Arrested in California

Esequiel Farfan
Marcha 14, 2019

The daughters of "Full House" actress Lori Loughlin became targets of scorn on social media on Tuesday after their mother was charged in an alleged scheme to help privileged Americans get their children into elite universities by fraudulent means.

Loughlin, who starred in the hit sitcom "Full House" in the 1990s, paid $500,000 with her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California - by pretending the girls were crew athletes, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Giannulli appeared in court on his conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud charges Tuesday, while Loughlin was expected to surrender on her charges Wednesday.

Olivia and Bella, who are Lori and Mossimo's daughters, got the heat of the scandal. The report from federal authorities notes that in most cases, the students were unaware of what their parents were doing to get them into these prestigious schools all over North America.

New details in elite college admissions scandal; Jeff Paul reports from Los Angeles.

The couple were among 50 people indicted on Tuesday in a scam to help children of the American elite gain entry into top United States colleges.

The relatives of one applicant paid $1.2 million to have the applicant falsely described as the co-captain of a well-known California soccer team, although the applicant did not play competitive soccer, prosecutors said.

Representatives of accused parents either declined to comment or did not respond to inquiries.

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When the TMZ reporter asked Stamos his thoughts on the news that his costar had been indicted alongside 50 other parents for allegedly bribing colleges to accept their children, Stamos stayed silent and avoided looking into the camera.

The ringleader behind the scam, William "Rick" Singer, who authorities say was paid about $25 million dollars to bribe coaches and university administrators, has pleaded guilty and is cooperating with authorities.

Best known for her role on TV's "Desperate Housewives", Huffman is accused of paying $15,000 to Singer's fake charity, the Key Worldwide Foundation, to facilitate cheating for her daughter on the SATs, the complaint says. Isabella attempts to cover her face with her arm while in the vehicle, and as she walks toward her home, with her sunglasses.

Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman, who has also been implicated in the scandal, was arrested by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents at her home on Tuesday and later released on bail.

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

"Your mother is a pathetic piece of garbage", one user commented on an Instagram post that Loughlin's daughter, Olivia Jade, posted.

Some of the other universities targeted in the scam include Yale, Stanford and Georgetown.

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