Several high prile celebrities, CEOs and college coaches, were indicted in March for reportedly participating in a scheme “focused on getting students admitted to elite universities as recruited athletes, regardless their athletic abilities, and helping potential students cheat on their college exams.”
Among those named in the $25 million college entrance exam cheating scheme were former “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin and “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman. According to a report by TMZ Sports, Huffman recently copped a plea that will enable her to serve as little as four months in prison.
However, Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are facing a much stiffer sentence because the enormous amount money they paid.
Loughlin and Giannulli reportedly agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team, despite the fact that they weren’t on any crew teams.
Per TMZ Sports:
“The problem for Lori and Mossimo is that they paid $500,000 to allegedly bribe the crew coach, and the amount raises the MINIMUM PRISON SENTENCE IN A PLEA DEAL TO A RANGE OF 2 TO 2 1/2 YEARS.”
“Our sources say prosecutors have given all defendants an ultimatum … reach a plea deal QUICKLY or else they will go to a Federal Grand Jury and add charges, including money laundering, which significantly raises the low end prison time.”
“The alleged scam centered around a man in California who ran a business helping students get into the college their choice.”
“Authorities say parents would pay him a predetermined amount, with full knowledge what they were doing. He would then steer the money to one two places: either an SAT or ACT administrator, or a college athletic coach.”
“The coaches would allegedly arrange a fake prile that listed the prospective student as an athlete, and exam administrators would either hire proctors to take the test or correct the answers a student.”