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22-10-2019 21:18:47

Lori Loughlin and several other parents are now facing additional charges of bribery in the college admissions scandal

The US Attorney for the District of Massachusetts said on Tuesday that 11 parents charged in the college admissions scandal “conspired to commit federal program bribery” to get their children into the University of Southern California. The parents facing the charge are Lori Loughlin, Mossimo Giannulli, Gamal Abdelaziz, Diane Blake, Todd Blake, Elisabeth Kimmell, William McGlashan, Jr., Marci Palatella, John Wilson, Homayoun Zadeh, and Robert Zangrillo. Additionally, John Wilson, of Lynnfield, Massachusetts, has been charged with two counts of substantive federal programs bribery in connection to the scheme. In addition to the new charges against parents, new charges were also brought against seven university athletic officials and testing administrators previously charged in the scheme. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannuli are among several parents facing new bribery charges in the college admissions scandal. The US Attorney for the District of Massachusetts said in a press release issued on Tuesday that a grand jury had filed the additional charges accusing 11 defendants of conspiring to commit federal program bribery “by bribing employees of the University of Southern California to facilitate their children’s admission.” “In exchange for the bribes, employees of the university allegedly designated the defendants’ children as athletic recruits – with little or no regard for their athletic abilities – or as members of other favored admissions categories,” the statement said. The parents facing bribery charges had already pleaded guilty to other charges connected to the college admissions scandal. All of the parents who are now facing bribery charges previously pleaded not guilty to other charges connected to the college admissions scandal. Loughlin and Giannulli are accused of paying the scheme’s ringleader, Rick Singer, $500,000 to guarantee their daughters’ admissions to USC as purported coxswains for the crew team. They were previously charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud, as well as conspiracy to commit money launderingFoto: FILE – In this Feb. 28, 2019 file photo, actress Lori Loughlin, center, poses with daughters Olivia Jade Giannulli, left, and Isabella Rose Giannulli at the 2019 “An Unforgettable Evening” in Beverly Hills, Calif. Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli were charged along with nearly 50 other people Tuesday in a scheme in which wealthy parents bribed college coaches and other insiders to get their children into some of the most elite schools in the country, federal prosecutors said.sourceChris Pizzello/Invision/AP Other parents facing the bribery charge are Gamal Abdelaziz, Diane Blake, Todd Blake, Elisabeth Kimmell, William McGlashan, Jr., Marci Palatella, John Wilson, Homayoun Zadeh, and Robert Zangrillo. Additionally, John Wilson, of Lynnfield Massachusetts has been charged with two counts of substantive federal programs bribery in connection to his efforts to get his children into Harvard University and Stanford University, prosecutors said.Read more: Here’s the full list of people charged in the college admissions cheating scandal, and who has pleaded guilty so far The indictment also charged Joey Chen, McGlashan, Wilson, and Zangrillo, with additional charges of wire fraud and honest services wire fraud. All of the parents named in the indictment have pleaded not guilty. Seven university athletic officials and testing administrators are also facing new charges In addition to the new charges against parents, new charges were also brought against seven university athletic officials and testing administrators previously charged in the scheme. Gordon Ernst, Donna Heinel, Jorge Salcedo, Mikaela Sanford, Jovan Vavic, Niki Williams and William Ferguson have been charged with conspiring to commit mail and wire fraud, and honest services mail and wire fraud.Foto: Former Georgetown tennis coach Gordon Ernst, pictured on March 25, stands accused of accepting more than $2 million in bribe money to help students get into the school.sourceSteven Senne/AP Ernst, Heinel, and Salcedo – who are former college athletics administrators – also face charges of conspiring to commit federal programs bribery. Prosecutors said that the three defendants solicited and accepted bribes “to facilitate the admission of students to the universities where they worked: Georgetown University, the University of Southern California, and The University of California – Los Angeles.” Ernst, a former men’s tennis coach at Georgetown, has also been charged with money laundering. US Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, Andrew Lelling, said in a statement about the new charges, that the investigation into the case is ongoing. “Our goal from the beginning has been to hold the defendants fully accountable for corrupting the college admissions process through cheating, bribery and fraud. The superseding indictments will further that effort,” Lelling said.Read more: Lori Loughlin’s daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella Giannulli are no longer enrolled at USC as she faces up to 40 years in prison Felicity Huffman was pictured inside the California prison where she’s doing time for her role in the college admissions scandal. Here’s what her life looks like inside the facility. Here’s everyone who has been sentenced in the college admissions scandal so far Felicity Huffman has started her 2-week prison sentence in a cushy northern California facility The post Lori Loughlin and several other parents are now facing additional charges of bribery in the college admissions scandal appeared first on Business Insider Nederland.
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