Hallmark Star Lori Loughlin Charged In Alleged College Admissions Scheme

Hallmark Star Lori Loughlin Charged In Alleged College Admissions Scheme

Hallmark Star Lori Loughlin Charged In Alleged College Admissions Scheme

Georgetown University said it was "deeply disappointed" to learn former tennis coach Gordon Ernst is charged in the scheme but said Ernst "has not coached our tennis team since December 2017, following an internal investigation that found he had violated University rules concerning admissions". He was ordered released on $1 million bail.

Actress Lori Loughlin (L) appears in this court sketch at a hearing for a racketeering case involving the allegedly fraudulent admission of children to elite universities, at the federal courthouse in downtown Los Angeles, Calif., on March 13, 2019.

Loughlin's daughter has since returned to Los Angeles to face the allegations that could result in her getting expelled from USC, the Daily Mail reported.

Fifty people, including Hollywood stars Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, were charged in the scheme in which wealthy parents allegedly bribed college coaches and other insiders to get their children into some of the nation's most selective schools. Prosecutors called it the largest such scandal in United States history. In addition to Loughlin and other unnamed CEOs, actress Felicity Huffman was also charged.

Her husband, the designer Mossimo Gianulli, is also charged with fraud, and appeared in court in Los Angeles on Tuesday before being released on $1 million bail.

"UCLA is not aware of any current student-athletes who are under suspicion", the university said in a statement. "As a result, USC has fired the alleged wrongdoers", he said in a statement on Tuesday (March 12).

It was unclear how many children benefited from the scheme, though investigators said more parents and coaches may yet be charged.

Court documents allege the couple paid bribes totaling $500,000 to have their two daughters designated as recruits to the University of Southern California crew team, despite not actually participating in the sport.

While students have not been charged, Giannulli, Loughlin and Huffman have been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud.

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Olivia Giannulli, a so-called online "influencer" who goes by the name Olivia Jade online, was the target of most of the backlash.

Olivia Jade also posted pictures of her in her dorm room in an ad for Amazon Student.

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Federal authorities called it the biggest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the U.S. Justice Department, with the parents accused of paying an estimated $25 million in bribes.

Singer ended up cooperating with investigators a year ago, helping them record incriminating conversations he had with Loughlin, Henriquez and other parents.

The elaborate scheme involved bribing the administrators of college entrance tests to allow a child's wrong answers to be corrected or for someone else to take the test in their place.

The coaches worked at colleges including Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and the University of Southern California.

An attorney representing her parents didn't immediately reply to a request for comment.

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