If actress Lori Loughlin thought she was going to get out of this with just a slap on the wrist she was wrong as new charges were just added to the laundry list of illegal activities.
On Tuesday, 16 parents were charged with fresh conspiracy and money laundering charges in addition to them paying bribes to secure their children seats in elite universities in the largest college admissions scam uncovered in U.S. history.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 9, 2019
Here is more from CBS:
Actress Lori Loughlin, her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli, and 14 other parents were hit with a new money laundering charge Tuesday in the college admissions bribery scandal. The announcement comes one day after actress and 13 others agreed to plead guilty, signaling an escalation in the case against parents who are fighting the allegations.
The “Full House” star and Giannulli were among 33 prominent parents accused of participating in a scheme that involved rigging college entrance exams and bribing coaches at elite universities.
They were arrested last month on a single charge of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. An indictment brought Tuesday adds a charge of money laundering conspiracy against the couple and 14 other parents.
Amy and Gregory Colburn, a California couple accused of paying $25,000 to cheat on their son’s SAT, were indicted on the money laundering and mail fraud conspiracy charges last month.
The parents are accused of paying an admissions consultant, Rick Singer, to cheat on their children’s college entrance exams and get their children admitted as athletic recruits at such elite schools as Georgetown and Yale.
Loughlin and Giannulli are accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to get their daughters into the University of Southern California as crew team recruits, even though neither of them played the sport.
They appeared in Boston federal court briefly last week and were not asked to enter a plea. They have not publicly addressed the allegations against them. Other parents indicted on the new charge Tuesday include Michelle Janavs, whose family developed the microwave snack line Hot Pockets before selling their company, and William McGlashan, who co-founded an investment fund with U2′s Bono in 2017.