'Fuller House' Star Lori Loughlin Indicted in Alleged College Scam

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What is happening in 2019?! In the most random and WTF of occurrences, it looks like Lori Loughlin is involved in a college scam that includes bribery, secrecy, and activity deemed very illegal. This is definitely a complete 180 from the wholesome image we know of Lori in Hallmark films and on the Fuller House series.

And it looks like she's not alone.

  • Lori is one of many people (try 50) being charged in a "massive bribery scam."

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    Apparently, she and many others -- including her husband, Mossimo founder Mossimo Giannulli -- were involved in a scam that involved paying "hefty bribes" to elite colleges across the country (University of Southern California, Yale, Georgetown, Stanford, and other institution) as much as $25 million collectively, a press conference about the crime reveals, to secure admission for hopeful attendees.

    ... aka, their kids.
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  • The reported scam came to light after authorities discovered a businessman was helping kids get into the college they wanted in a not so legal way.


    Reportedly, this guy would take wealthy parents' money and "funnel [it] to an SAT or ACT administrator or a college athletic coach." If coaches got the cash, they would doctor paperwork to make the students look like athletes. If the money went to an SAT or ACT administrator, students' answers would mysteriously get corrected -- or a proctor would get hired.

    Nuts!

  • Actress Felicity Huffman, who's also involved, was arrested and will likely "be released on a signature bond."

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    TMZ reports Felicity and her hubby, William H. Macy, allegedly made a $15,000 "charitable contribution" for their oldest daughter, Sofia, 18, to "participate in a college entrance exam cheating scheme." (Wow.) The outlet also notes William wasn't indicted.

    In addition to Sofia, the Hollywood couple also has a 16-year-old daughter named Georgia.

  • Apparently, Lori and her husband shelled out $500,000 for their daughters to participate as "recruits" for the USC crew team.

    ... only they never participated with the crew team in any capacity.

    Lori and Mossimo's two daughters, Isabella and Olivia Jade, are 20 and 19.

  • Well, this was unexpected.


    For starters, what happened to getting good grades and beefing up a resume with accolades and service like the average student -- whose parents don't have thousands and thousands of dollars to shell out -- in hopes of getting into a good school? There's already a proposal to cut $7.1 billion in education funding that will likely affect so many kids in schools across the country ... but hey, if ya got half a mil to push under the table, who cares, right?

    It's also nuts that TMZ alleges most of the kids who benefited from the scam had no clue what their parents were doing.

    Moral of the story: Being immoral and a millionaire can take you far in life -- or to the college of your choice, in this case.

  • Here's a press conference about the scam:

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