Lori Loughlin Arrested For College Admissions Scam SUBSCRIBE: https://youtu.be/nE2uhv-ZCSw : Fuller House actress Lori Loughlin found herself in huge trouble with the law on March 11th, 2019, after news broke that the squeaky clean actress was involved in a major college admissions scandal a scandal that no one saw coming.
Several outlets reported that Loughlin was indicted on charges of “conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud” and a warrant for her arrest was released.
Loughlin entered police custody in Los Angeles on March 13th after flying overnight from Canada, where she was filming a Hallmark movie, according to ABC News.
According to People, court records unsealed on March 12th showed Loughlin to be one of 50 people including fellow actress Felicity Huffman who were accused of participating in a nationwide scam related to getting students into some of the nation’s most prestigious colleges.
Many of the people accused of participating in the scam ring reportedly paid significant bribes to get their children into the universities of their choice, such as Yale, Stanford, and Georgetown. University coaches and exam administrators were also reportedly indicted as part of the sting.
TMZ reports that the alleged scam was discovered after authorities learned that a businessman in California, allegedly a man by the name of William Rick Singer who created a fake nonprofit as a front for the scheme, was being paid bribes by parents that he then funneled to SAT and ACT administrators, as well as college athletic coaches.
Those people would then reportedly hire someone to take the student’s exams or correct their answers before the exams were submitted, or they would make fake profiles that purported to show the applicants participating as student athletes. Those profiles often included photoshopped images of the applicants’ faces pasted onto other athletes’ bodies.
A release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts stated,
“Dozens of individuals involved in a nationwide conspiracy that facilitated cheating on college entrance exams and the admission of students to elite universities as purported athletic recruits were arrested by federal agents in multiple states and charged in documents unsealed on March 12, 2019, in federal court in Boston.”
Reports indicate that Loughlin and her husband, clothing designer Mossimo Giannulli, allegedly paid $500,000 so their daughters would be “designated as recruits for the crew team” at the University of Southern California, according to TMZ. But neither daughter reportedly participated on the crew team.
People notes that feds found emails implicating Loughlin in the cheating scheme. An investigation into the scam is reportedly still ongoing, but the probe is said to have launched ten months before the indictments and was allegedly given the code name “Operation Varsity Blues” by the feds.
As noted by the New York Times, Loughlin and Giannulli’s daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli had previously faced hate online after she said in a video on her YouTube channel that she was really only interested in going to college for the experience of “game days” and “partying.”
The up-and-coming influencer later apologized for her words in another video, calling what she’d said “stupid” and “ignorant.”
Since she started college at USC, the 19-year-old has reportedly been making money off of her experience as a student, as she’s had multiple sponsored posts on social media with companies like Amazon’s Prime Student and Smile Direct Club.
Her father Mossimo Giannulli appeared in federal court on March 12th, according to CNN. The designer’s bond was set at $1 million.
As of the making of this video, it’s too soon to tell just what potential sentence Loughlin and the others indicted for their alleged involvement in the scandal could face, but authorities say it will likely be the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted.