- The Department of Justice said in a press release on Tuesday that 16 parents who were indicted last month as part of the scandal are now facing new charges.
- The parents are now facing one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, on top of one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services.
- Parents facing new charges include actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, who are accused of paying $US500,000 to guarantee their daughters’ admissions into the University of Southern California, according to the criminal complaint.
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Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are among 16 parents facing new charges in the college admissions scandal.
The Department of Justice said in a press release on Tuesday that 16 parents who were indicted last month as part of the scandal are now facing an additional charge of conspiracy to commit fraud and money laundering. They had already been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.
The new money laundering charges come a day after actress Felicity Huffman and 14 other defendants agreed to plead guilty in the case.
The parents allegedly involved in the scheme are accused of accused of paying up to $US6.5 million to get their children into top universities as part of a scheme that prosecutors say included bribing college coaches and entrance-exam administrators.
Prosecutors alleged Loughlin and Giannulli paid scheme’s alleged ringleader, William “Rick” Singer, $US500,000 to guarantee their daughters’ admissions into the University of Southern California,according to the criminal complaint.
Among other defendants named in the new charging documents are Douglas Hodge, who allegedly listed his daughter as a co-captain of a Japanese national soccer team to facilitate her recruitment admission to the University of Southern California, and Bill McGlashan, who is accused of having his son pose as a football kicker on his USC application, despite his high school not having a football team.
According to the Department of Justice, the defendants facing new charges are accused of laundering money through Key Worldwide Foundation, a purported charity and business owned by Singer.
In total, the defendants hit with the extra charge could face 40 years in prison.
The charge of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud carries a maximum 20-year sentence, the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts said in the press release distributed by the DOJ.
The charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering also carries a maximum 20-year prison sentence.
Several of the parents indicted in the case, including Loughlin and Giannulli, appeared in Boston federal court last week.
Loughlin and Giannulli have not publicly addressed the charges against them, but according to TMZ they were offered a plea deal that would give them at least two years in prison.
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