The now iconic college admission scandal is in the news once again. So far, when it comes to Full House's Lori Loughlin, we know that she has plead guilty to her part in the scandal and that Lifetime has a movie in the works. While we're all pretty much waiting in anticipation for that to air, there has been more news on who may or may not be charged for what - even if they were an innocent by-standard. A former prosecutor has just revealed that the children of Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli could possible be charged in the case.
Since Loughlin did not take a plea deal in the case, the way that Felicity Huffman did, former federal prosecutor Neama Rahmani said in a new interview that prosecutors might turn up the pressure on her and her children, who are now getting sucked into the crosshairs of the case.
“At a minimum, the daughters will be witnesses in a trial against their parents, but they could also be charged as defendants,” Rahmani told PEOPLE.
“The government has made it clear that they are going to keep increasing pressure on both Lori and Mossimo,” Rahmani added. “By not pleading, Lori and Mossimo are exposing their children to being charged.”
Just as a refresher: Giannulli, 56, and Loughlin, 55, are accused of arranging a total collective payment of $500,000 to what is now known as the "college admission scandal" that was arranged by William “Rick” Singer. They participated to get their daughters recruited to USC as athletes on the crew team, even though they have never done rowing as a sport.
A close source has shared that the couple would have plead guilty if they thought there would have been any risks to their daughters. They would have happily accepted prison time rather than upset their daughter's lives even more than things already have.
Fox News shared last week that the girls are no longer enrolled at the University of Southern California once their admission was called into question when the scandal broke in the media.
It obviously wasn't just Giannulli and Loughlin who were involved in this case. Just last week, the Justice Department announced that the couple, along with nine other parents, were indicted on federal charges related to bribery. In Boston, a grand jury indicted the parents on charges of trying to bribe officials at an organization that receives at least $10,000 in federal funding. They are being accused of paying to get their children admitted to the University of Southern California. All 11 defendants pleaded not guilty to other charges in the scheme.