Lori Loughlin, 15 Other Parents Hit With New Charges in College Admissions Scandal

Loughlin is now being charged with money laundering on top of previous charges in the case.

Lori Loughlin accused of money laundering
Actress Lori Loughlin is being charged with money laundering. (Pat Greenhouse/ The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
By Ariel Scotti / April 10, 2019 5:00 am

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Actress Lori Loughlin and 15 other wealthy parents are now charged with money laundering in the growing college admissions scandal.

The parents, who were charged last month with conspiracy to commit fraud, were charged on Tuesday in a new indictment with conspiring to launder bribes and other payments through a charity run by Rick Singer, the mastermind of the scam, as well as by transferring money into the United States to promote the fraud, prosecutors said.

Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are accused of paying $500,000 to Singer’s fake charity to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California as crew recruits, regardless of the fact that neither participated in the sport, CNN reported.

Additionally, prosecutors have alleged that the parents used their wealth to cheat on standardized tests for their children and bribed college administrators and coaches who had a say over who was admitted.

The added charges come just a day after 13 other parents, including actress Felicity Huffman, and one coach agreed to plead guilty in the case.

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