Lori Loughlin Posts $1 Million Bail After College Entrance Scam Exposed

Sergio Cunningham
March 15, 2019

Giannulli and his wife are accused of paying $500,000 to get their two daughters - Isabella Rose and Olivia Jade - into the University of Southern California by being designated as recruits to the USC crew team even though they did not participate in crew, court documents said.

Ironically, Singer - who allegedly said his goal was to "help the wealthiest families in the USA get their kids into school" - claimed the KWF nonprofit was aimed at helping poorer students. Huffman is alleged to have "made a purported charitable contribution of $15,000 ... to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her eldest daughter", according to the indictment.

Additionally, the judge has instructed Loughlin not to discuss her case with others, excluding her husband, and their two daughters, 20-year-old Isabella and 19-year-old Olivia.

A statement issued Wednesday by DeVos calls the scheme "disgraceful" and says her department is "looking closely" at the issue.

The coaches worked at such schools as Stanford, Georgetown, Wake Forest, the University of Southern California and University of California, Los Angeles. Singer bribed those test administrators, prosecutors said.

Another berated the young woman, who posted a video blog past year in which she said she didn't care about school, for stealing a college spot from "another deserving student (who probably actually rows!)".

Court papers said a cooperating witness met with Huffman and her husband, actor William H. Macy, at their Los Angeles home and explained the scam to them.

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They were among 50 people charged in the scheme.

The FBI says actress Lori Loughlin (LAWK'-lin) has been taken into custody in connection with a scheme in which wealthy parents paid bribes to get their children into top colleges.

Loughlin is now filming a TV movie in B.C. for Hallmark Channel, where she has been a mainstay since 2013.

They were arrested and released earlier this week after posting a $1 million secured bond.

The technology company announced that it was pulling a 2017 advertisement featuring the Fuller House star and her social-media star daughter, following Loughlin's role in a college-admissions scandal. It is a for-profit college counseling and preparation business.

Other notable parents charged by the Boston US attorney's office include actress Felicity Huffman, who starred in Desperate Housewives; and Bill McGlashan Jr, who headed a buyout investment arm of private equity firm TPG Capital, which put him on indefinite leave after he was charged.

While Giannulli and her sister are in no way responsible for their parents' mistakes (according to reports, the students involved were allegedly unaware at the time, and are not being prosecuted) it still makes the case more puzzling that Loughlin would allegedly commit fraud so her daughter could attend college - when she doesn't seem that interested in going to school.

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