Just when we think we've seen all there is to see in the ongoing college admissions scandal, more information rolls in. Right now, it seems like there is no end in sight. And it looks like there is a new set of charges being brought against some of the parents involved in the scandal. Currently, Lori Loughlin, her husband Mossimo Giannulli and 15 other parents are being charged with conspiring to commit fraud and money laundering. This indictment supersedes the previous indictment, meaning, it's taken precedent.
According to CNN, the other parents are Gamal Abdelaziz, Diane and Todd Blake, I-Hsin "Joey" Chen, Elizabeth and Manuel Henriquez, Douglas Hodge, Michelle Janavs, Elisabeth Kimmel, William McGlashan Jr., Marci Palatella, John Wilson, Homayoun Zadeh and Robert Zangrillo. Missing in this branch of the scandal is actress Felicity Huffman.
This new indictment focuses on the money given to Rick Singer, the man orchestrating the whole cheating ring. The courts are charging them with "conspiring to launder bribes and other payments through the charity run by Singer." Singer created a charity, Key Worldwide Foundation, as a front for the bribery. Singer has openly admitted, and taken responsibility as the mastermind behind the whole scam. While Lori Loughlin and her husband are not the only parents involved, they are among the highest profile.
For those who may not remember, Loughlin and Giannulli payed Singer's fake charity $500,000 to get their daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella into the University of Southern California. The girls were admitted as members of the crew team, except neither of them actually participate in the sport or the team.
Admissions like theirs, where the students were admitted on teams that they wouldn't actually participate in is just one of the facets of the scandal, referred to as Operation Varsity Blues. The part of the scam being addressed in this newest indictment involves parents bribing college admissions officers and coaches to buy their kids spots. The other arm of the scandal involves parents paying to cheat on their children's standardized tests, which is what Felicity Huffman is being charged with.
Loughlin and Giannulli appeared in court in Boston's federal court as recently as last week, but there is still no word of how they plan to plea.