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Actress Lori Loughlin Surrenders In LA In College Admissions Bribery Scandal

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Actress Lori Loughlin has been taken into custody in Los Angeles in connection with a massive scheme in which parents are accused of paying millions of dollars in bribes in order to get their children admitted to elite universities.
The FBI confirmed to CBS News that Loughlin surrendered to authorities Wednesday and was being processed. She is scheduled to appear in federal court at 2 p.m.
FILE — (L-R) Olivia Jade Giannulli, Lori Loughlin and Isabella Rose Giannulli attend The Women’s Cancer Research Fund’s An Unforgettable Evening Benefit Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on Feb. 28, 2019 in Beverly Hills. (Getty Images)
Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman were among approximately 50 people indicted Tuesday in a widespread and sophisticated college admission bribery scheme in which parents are accused of paying off college coaches and standardized testing administrators.
Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli, the founder of clothing brand Mossimo, paid $500,000 in order for their two daughters to be designated as recruits to the USC crew team – despite the fact that neither of them ever participated in crew, the indictment claims.
Both their daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose, are currently attending USC. It’s still unclear whether the allegations against their parents will affect their attendance at the school.
Loughlin was not in L.A. when federal agents served a warrant at her home Tuesday morning. Her husband, however, made his first court appearance Tuesday , where his bail was set at $1 million. He agreed to it on the condition his wife would be allowed to travel to Vancouver. He is using his home as collateral for the bond.
The  racketeering conspiracy case  includes 33 parents, as well nine coaches from universities that include USC, UCLA, Yale, Stanford and Georgetown. The entire operation was masterminded by William Singer of Newport Beach, authorities said.
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The coaches were bribed by the parents to lie and say that the children were being considered as athletic recruits because the admissions process is generally less stringent for athletes, prosecutors said.
“These parents are a catalog of wealth and privilege,” U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said at a Tuesday news conference in Boston. “They include, for example, CEOs of private and public companies, successful securities and real estate investors, two well known actresses, a famous fashion designer, and the co-chairman of a global law firm.”
Parents charged in the alleged scheme are accused of paying Singer a total of $25 million between 2011 and February 2019 for the arrangement. Singer used some of that money to bribe test administrators and college coaches. He would hire stand-ins to take SAT and ACT exams for the students, along with proctors to correct wrong answers. He would also create fake athletic profiles to help get students admitted into athletic programs.

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