New federal indictments have been handed down against “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin, her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, and nine other parents in connection with the wide-ranging college admissions bribery scandal, the AP reports.
“A grand jury in Boston indicted the parents on charges of conspiracy to commit federal program bribery. The count accuses the parents of attempting to bribe officials at an organization that receives at least $10,000 in federal funding,” the AP reports. “They are accused of paying to get their children admitted to the University of Southern California. All 11 defendants have previously pleaded not guilty to other charges in the scheme.”
The latest indictments represent the second time prosecutors have added new charges for parents who pleaded not guilty in the case, following the addition in April of money laundering to the initial charges of fraud and conspiracy.
“U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling in Boston said the latest charges stem from an ongoing investigation. The charges will further his goal of holding the defendants ‘fully accountable for corrupting the college admissions process through cheating, bribery and fraud,’ he said in a written statement,” the AP reports.
Loughlin and Giannulli previously pleaded not guilty after being accused of paying $500,000 to get their two daughters admitted to USC as recruits on the crew team, even though neither daughter had participated in the sport.