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Actress Lori Loughlin is among 11 parents who on Tuesday were hit with more charges in the national college admissions scandal. Her husband, fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, was also charged with the new count.
According to the new indictment, the 11 allegedly “conspired to commit federal program bribery by bribing employees of the University of Southern California to facilitate their children’s admission. In exchange for the bribes, employees of the university allegedly designated the defendants’ children as athletic recruits — with little or no regard for their athletic abilities — or as members of other favored admissions categories.”
There were additional charges for those among the 11, but Loughlin and Giannulli were only charged with the program conspiracy count.
The Hollywood couple was previously indicted on charges of money laundering conspiracy and conspiracy to commit mail fraud; accused of paying $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to USC’s crew team — even though the two never participated in the sport — thereby guaranteeing their admission into the school.
Loughlin and Giannulli have maintained their innocence and are awaiting trial.
A number of those charged in the scandal, including actress Felicity Huffman, have already pleaded guilty and received assorted sentences.
Huffman is currently serving her two-week prison sentence. She also was ordered to perform community service and fined.
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