Lori Loughlin goes to jail for role in college admissions scandal

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Actress Lori Loughlin has reported to a federal prison in Dublin, California for a two-month sentence after she and her husband plead guilty Committing fraud to bring her daughters to the University of Southern California in the 2019 college admissions scandal known as “Operation Varsity Blues”.

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Attorneys for the District of Massachusetts District Attorney responsible for all charges under the statewide program in which wealthy parents fraudulently obtained their children’s admission to elite universities, told AP that Loughlin agreed not to apply for an early release because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Prosecutors told AP said Loughlin will be tested for coronavirus and will be quarantined for two weeks according to prison health guidelines.

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In March 2019, the US Attorney in the District of Massachusetts announced that 50 people were arrested and charged for participating in the college admission program that included elite schools such as Georgetown, Yale and Stanford. The US Attorney’s Office said The scandal included the falsification of standardized test results and the falsely admitting students as athletic recruits. Prosecutors said Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli paid $ 500,000 to organizer Rick Singer to have their two daughters approved as recruits to the crew team, even though neither ranks were running. In May, Loughlin plead guilty to a point of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, according to a settlement agreement submitted to the Boston District Court judge. In August it was Loughlin sentenced sentenced to two months in prison, two years supervised release, and 100 hours of community service, and fined $ 150,000.

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Another actress involved in the scandal, Felicity Huffman, served her sentence in the same prison last October NBC news. Last March, she pleaded guilty to one point of conspiracy to commit email fraud and honest service email fraud Convention. she was sentenced two weeks in prison and one year custodial release, 250 hours of community service, and a $ 30,000 fine. Prosecutors said She paid $ 15,000 for someone to oversee and modify her daughter’s SAT.

further reading

Actress Lori Loughlin reports to prison for college fraud (AP)

Felicity Huffman is reported to jail and begins prison sentence in a college admissions scandal (NBC News)

Actresses, business executives and other wealthy parents charged with fraud on admission to US college (New York Times)

30 quick facts about the college admissions scandal (Forbes)

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