Entertainment New bribery charge leveled against Lori Loughlin and other parents in college admissions scandal
Lori Loughlin's college admissions scandal sentence will likely be harsher than Felicity Huffman's: US Attorney
Lori Loughlin will likely face a tougher sentence than Felicity Huffman if convicted for her role in the college admissions scandal. Less than one month after Huffman was sentenced to 14 days in prison, U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts, Andrew Lelling, told WCVB in Boston that Loughlin may find herself in more trouble than her fellow actress for her part in the scandal that's swept up many wealthy parents. “We will probably ask for a higher sentence for [Loughlin] than we did for Felicity Huffman,” Lelling told the show’s hosts in a recent interview. “I can’t tell you what that would be.
LOS ANGELES — Already charged with fraud and money laundering, 11 of the 15 parents who have maintained their innocence in a federal investigation of college admissions fraud were indicted Tuesday on new bribery charges, the U.S. attorney’s office in Boston said.
The newly indicted parents — a group that includes actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, a fashion designer — were charged in an indictment returned by a grand jury in Boston, alleging they conspired to commit federal program bribery to secure their children’s fraudulent admissions to the University of Southern California.
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Prosecutors disclosed emails from Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli in the college admissions case on Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose' USC admissions.It would be the second installment toward $500,000 that prosecutors say Loughlin and Giannulli paid to get their two daughters admitted into USC as fake crew recruits. Months earlier, the couple paid $50,000 to Donna Heinel, a senior associate athletic director at USC.
Prosecutors had warned parents last week they could face a bribery charge if they didn’t plead guilty by Monday to the fraud and money laundering conspiracy charges they already faced.
Four parents — Douglas Hodge, the former chief executive of bond giant Pimco; Michelle Janavs, a Newport Coast philanthropist whose family invented the Hot Pocket; and Manuel Henriquez, a San Francisco Bay Area venture capitalist, and his wife, Elizabeth Henriquez — pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to commit fraud and money laundering, avoiding indictment on the bribery count.
The federal program bribery charge can be lodged against anyone accused of bribing an employee or agent of an organization that receives $10,000 or more in funding from the federal government, and who obtains something valued at $5,000 or more in exchange.
Felicity Huffman Released From Prison Before End of 14-Day Sentence
The actress served 11 days of her two-week sentence.The actress was sentenced to 14 days after she pleaded guilty in the nationwide college admission cheating scandal. The sentence came down in September, as she was among the first parents ensnared in FBI-dubbed operation Varsity Blues to plead guilty.
For parents charged with using an athletic recruitment scam offered by Newport Beach college consultant William “Rick” Singer, prosecutors have argued they conspired with Singer to bribe coaches into giving up admissions slots, which are property of the universities that employed them. Singer has admitted misrepresenting the children of his clients to elite universities as promising athletic recruits for sports they didn’t play competitively or at all.
Virtually every university, public or private, receives more than the $10,000 in federal funding needed to trigger the bribery statute in research grants or financial aid. Prosecutors will likely say that admission to the elite schools to which Singer peddled access — Stanford, Georgetown, USC and UCLA, among others — exceeded $5,000 in value.
The coaches or athletic officials charged in the scheme were also indicted Tuesday on new fraud conspiracy charges, the U.S. attorney’s office in Boston said. Three of them — Jorge Salcedo, the former UCLA men’s soccer coach, Donna Heinel, a former athletics administrator at USC and Gordon Ernst, the former tennis coach at Georgetown — were also charged with committing federal program bribery.
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