Lori Loughlin Surrenders, Plus: Her Friends React to College Cheating Scandal

Bessie Dean
March 14, 2019

As of Tuesday night, Loughlin had not yet turned herself in but was expected to appear in court on Wednesday as she was reportedly working outside the country at the time of the indictment, according to NBC News. Loughlin must travel to federal court in Boston for her next hearing on March 29.

The couple allegedly agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 to have their daughters designated as recruits for the USC crew team, even though they did not participate in crew.

William "Rick" Singer has been charged with running the alleged scheme through his company Edge College & Career Network.

Loughlin became famous as the wholesome Aunt Becky in the 1980s and '90s sitcom "Full House". A source told ABC that Loughlin was in Canada filming a Hallmark Channel Original Movie.

The Desperate Housewives star and Loughlin - along with approximately 40 others - have been charged with involvement cheating and fraud scandal, which has been labelled as the "largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice".

Meanwhile, Lori Loughlin is allegedly flying to Los Angeles from Canada to surrender to authorities, where her husband Mossimo Giannulli is already in custody.

"For every student admitted through fraud, an honest, genuinely talented student was rejected".

Wake Forest said it had placed head volleyball coach Bill Ferguson on administrative leave after he was among the coaches accused of accepting bribes.

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John Vandemoor, a former Stanford University sailing coach, is also scheduled to plead guilty to racketeering conspiracy charges.

Prosecutors say parents paid an admissions consultant $25 million from 2011 through February 2019 to bribe coaches and administrators to label their children as recruited athletes to boost their chances of getting into schools.

Officials said initial court appearances are planned later on Tuesday. She was arrested without incident at her California home, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

He was charged Tuesday along with almost 50 other people and faces conspiracy to commit mail fraud and money laundering counts.

"What is going to happen when they see his application, he'll be flagged as an athlete", Singer told him in a phone conversation recorded by investigators.

The scheme aimed to take advantage of the two years of the anxiety parents across the United States often endure as they put high school-age children through the standardised tests needed to gain entry into heavily competitive colleges and universities.

Lelling explained, "Numerous parents paid Singer between $15,000 and $75,000 to have someone either take the exam for their child or to correct their child's answers afterwards".

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