When I heard that Lori Loughlin from Full House was involved in a full-blown scandalous crime, involving astronomical amounts of cash in exchange for guaranteed entry into elite American colleges, I was blown away. Not Aunt Becky!
Of course I stayed up all night on Twitter getting the juiciest details for you guys. All in the name of research, right? According to a federal endictment, 50 people have been charged in the nationwide scheme. Among the charged are hollywood actresses, Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, 33 wealthy parents, 9 coaches from elite schools, and 3 college prep executives.
Wealthy parents paid up to $6.5 million in bribery college admissions.
According to FBI Special Agent Joseph Bonavolonta, parents spent anywhere from $200,000 to $6.5 million to guarantee admissions for their children into elite colleges. It was reported that Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli (fashion designer for Target) paid $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the crew team for the University of Southern California.
Lori and Mossimo, and Academy Award nominee, Felicity Huffman, have been charged with felony conspiracy to commit mail fraud, and honest services mail fraud. Both Mossimo and Huffman were arrested in their homes.
The brains of the operation, William Singer, founded a fake charity called
The Key Worldwide Foundation. The charity covered as a college counseling and preparation business for “underprivileged” students. Singer worked with parents to guarantee college admissions through fake SAT/ACT scores or fake athletic credentials.