Lori Loughlin released on $1 million bond in college admissions bribery scandal

Yolanda Curtis
March 15, 2019

Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman was also among those implicated in the college admissions sham, and all three face a single count of mail fraud in connection with the scheme.

Full House actress Lori Loughlin has been released on $US1 million ($1.4 million) bail after being charged with helping her daughters cheat their way into a high-profile California university.

Actress Lori Loughlin appeared in federal court in Los Angeles on March 13 accused of taking part in a sprawling scheme exposed this week in which wealthy parents paid for their children to cheat their way into elite colleges.

Prosecutors say he got his children into school by faking their athletic achievements.

Actress Lori Loughlin turned herself in on Wednesday to authorities, one day after federal officials accused the actress and her husband of being involved in a major bribery scheme involving parents using bribes to help their children gain entry into elite colleges without merit.

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Prosecutors have said colleges are not targets of their criminal case. Both are charged with conspiracy to commit racketeering. Prosecutors in the U.S. attorney's office in Boston say his company, Edge College & Career Network, made $25 million since embarking on the fraud in 2011, offering what he promised was a "guarantee" of admission.

The Los Angeles judge ruled that Loughlin could continue travelling to and from British Columbia for a number of productions she is working on as long as she notifies United States authorities in advance of each trip.

Singer arranged for a third-party - usually Mark Riddell - to take the test secretly in the students' place or replace their responses with his own. The sham charity, the Key Worldwide Foundation, purported to help provide an education to "underprivileged students".

"When I think about it too much, it will make me cry", she added.

"We believe everyone charged here today had a role in fostering a culture of corruption and greed that created an uneven playing field for students trying to get into these schools the right way through hard work, good grades and community service", John Bonavolonta, FBI special agent in charge, explained. "Additionally, the university is reviewing its admissions processes broadly to ensure that such actions do not occur going forward".

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Some of the universities targeted in the elaborate cheating scam include Yale, Stanford, UCLA and Georgetown.

A short time later, Jade realized the video might have come across that she wasn't "grateful" for college and posted a second clip titled, "I'm Sorry".

The University of Texas at Austin said men's tennis coach Michael Center was placed on leave "as soon as we learned of the charges against him, which are being fully investigated". More than 50 people have been charged. "I don't know if I was supposed to say that, but it's OK".

The school was one of several named in a federal lawsuit filed in San Francisco saying students were denied a fair opportunity for admission.

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