- “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin was one of 50 people charged in the sweeping Operation Varsity Blues college admissions scandal earlier this year.
- She is charged with spending $500,000 to bribe officials to secure her two daughters a spot at the University of Southern California.
- Loughlin pleaded not guilty in April, with reports suggesting she thought the DA was “bluffing.”
- An attorney representing three of the other parents charged in the scandal says Loughlin was “out of her mind,” for not accepting a deal and said she is “screwed.”
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Former “Full House” star Lori Loughlin is worried she made “the wrong decision,” by not accepting a plea deal for her involvement in the Operation Varsity Blues college admissions scandal. That’s according to an Entertainment Tonight report released late last week. And she’s not the only one realizing the error in her ways.
In an interview with The Mercury News, an advisor to three of the other wealthy parents charged by the US Department of Justice said Loughlin was essentially “screwed.”
“Lori Loughlin is living in a dream world,” Larry Levine, the founder of Wall Street Prison Consultants, told the News. “She doesn’t have a grasp on the reality about how these federal prosecutions work.” According to The Mercury News, two of Levine’s other clients have already pleaded guilty and a third is negotiating a deal with prosecutors. Levine went on to say he does not believe federal prosecutors generally file charges in these cases unless they are highly confident they can win at trial.
“They’ve got enough to convict you,” he said of Loughlin and her husband.
Loughlin was one of over 50 people charged this year by the US Justice Department for participating in a mass admissions scandal scheme involving cheating on entrance exams and bribing athletic coaches. The actress and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, were accused by the Justice Department of paying $500,000 to secure spots at the University of Southern California for their two daughters.
According to the indictment, the bribe money was spent to designate the daughters as varsity crew team recruits even though neither of them rowed crew. The Justice Department went on to charge Loughlin and Giannulli with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. The report alleges that the two worked with William “Rick” Singer, the founder of the Edge College & Career Network who has come to be known as one of the major ring leaders of the scandal.
USC has said it has “determined which applicants in the current admissions cycle are connected to the alleged scheme,” and that they will be denied admission.
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