Bail set at $1 million for US actress implicated in bribery scandal

Angelo Anderson
March 14, 2019

Loughlin and her husband allegedly payed a $500,000 bribe to have their two daughters, the elder of whom is a YouTube star and social media influencer, labeled as rowers to get into the University of Southern California.

She will now be taken to a federal building where she'll be processed by federal marshals and will appear in court sometime in the afternoon. Her husband, the designer Mossimo Gianulli, is also charged with fraud, and appeared in court in Los Angeles on Tuesday before being released on $1 million bail.

Loughlin's surrender comes a day after the nationwide scandal exposed what federal prosecutors describe as a corrupt exchange of wealth, fame and influence for student admissions to the nation's most elite universities.

Regarding the scandal, Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent John Bonavolonta said in a statement (via Today), "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". But in the wake of her mother being implicated as part of a broad college-admissions bribery scam - alleging that Loughlin illegally schemed to get the 19-year-old enrolled at the university - Olivia Jade is likely going to lose the lucrative brand-sponsorship deals she's landed over the years. But while you might think that, if Loughlin had any involvement in illegal activities, she'd keep her kids' college admission on the down low, well, you'd be wrong. "Some of these parents allegedly paid up to $6.5 million, which is insane", Trevor Noah said on Wednesday's Daily Show.

Representatives of accused parents either declined to comment or did not respond to inquiries.

The girls who didn't partake in rowing while at the college had their parents bribe coaches and fake resumes to secure them a place without applying and receiving the correct SAT score like the rest of the country.

The entire operation was masterminded by William Singer of Newport Beach, authorities said.

Actress Felicity Huffman allegedly gave $15,000 "to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her oldest daughter", the indictment states. The actress faces a felony charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. Isabella attempts to cover her face with her arm while in the vehicle, and as she walks toward her home, with her sunglasses.

A follow-up court appearance for Loughlin has been set for March 29 in Boston, Massachusetts.

"Your mother is a pathetic piece of garbage", one user commented on an Instagram post that Loughlin's daughter, Olivia Jade, posted. Several prestigious universities like Yale, University of Southern California, Stanford, and Georgetown were targeted in the scheme.

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