Actress Lori Loughlin, best known for her role as Aunt Becky on the TV show, “Full House”, and 15 other wealthy parents now face additional charges of conspiring to commit fraud and money laundering as part of the national college admissions scandal.
Prosecutors said the indictment charges the parents with conspiring to launder bribes and other payments through a fake charity run by Rick Singer, the leader of the scam, in addition to transferring money into the U.S. to promote the fraudulent acts.
Mossimo Giannulli and Lori Loughlin
Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, allegedly paid $500,000 to the fake charity, Key Worldwide Foundation to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California as crew recruits, although neither child participated in the sport.
Louglin and Giannulli recently appeared in Boston federal court, but have not publicly stated how they will plea.
Parents who were also charged in the additional indictments include Gamal Abdelaziz, Diane and Todd Blake, I-Hsin “Joey Chen”, Elizabeth and Manuel Henriquez, Douglas Hodge, Michelle Janavs, Elisabeth Kimmel, William McGlashan Jr., Marci Palatella, John Wilson, Homayoun Zadeh and Robert Zangrillo, according to CNN.
The additional charges follows a day after 13 other parents, such as former star of “Desperate Housewives” Felicity Huffman and one coach pleaded guilty in the case. Huffman pleaded guilty to paying $15,000 to the fake charity to fabricate her daughter’s SAT scores.