Lori Loughlin who is most known for playing the Full House sweetheart Aunt Becky and her husband Mossimo Giannulli were originally named and charged in a Nationwide college admissions scandal on March 12, 2019, along with about 50 other people. They were subsequently arrested and entered a plea of not guilty on April 15. It now appears that Laughlin is in even hotter water as new charges have been made against her and her husband.
On October 22, 2019, United States Attorney Andrew Lelling announced in a press release that new charges are being filed against Loughlin, Giannulli and 9 other defendants. Lelling is reported as saying that they “conspired to commit federal program bribery by bribing employees of the University of Southern California (USC) to facilitate their children’s admission.”
He went on to say that “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.”
An inside source told US on October 23rd that it’s believed that “The prosecution added the additional charge because the government realized their case was weak. The charge could have been filed with the others back in the spring.” Loughlin was first accused of bribing admissions officers to get her 21-year-old daughter, Bella and 20-year-old daughter Olivia into the University of Southern California. The two girls were accepted into the University as crew recruits even though neither plays crew.
The sum that she and her husband are believed to have paid in this scandal is $500,000. Loughlin is sticking by her claim that she is not guilty as she faces these new charges as well as the former charges of money laundering and fraud. Since the scandal broke, Loughlin’s daughters are no longer attending the University.
While we’re not sure what will happen to Loughlin, she is hopeful that she’ll be acquitted of all of the charges. If she’s not acquitted, the actress is hopeful for a slap on the wrist or a light prison sentence like fellow actress Felicity Huffman who was recently released after serving 11 days of a 14-day sentence.