Lori Loughlin Faces New Money-Laundering Charge in College Bribery Scheme

April 9, 2019

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On Tuesday, federal prosecutors hit Lori Loughlin and her fashion-designer husband, Massimo Giannulli, with a fresh money-laundering charge for their involvement in the "Operation Varsity Blues" college-admissions bribery scheme. Fourteen other parents now also face the additional charge, which was tacked on a day after Felicity Huffman and 12 more parents agreed to plead guilty to mail fraud. As the AP notes, the new charge signals "an escalation in the case against the parents who are continuing to fight the allegations against them." While prosecutors will reportedly seek a prison sentence of between four to 10 months for Huffman and those who've already pled guilty, Loughlin and her husband are staring down the barrel of decades behind bars for paying $500,000 in bribes to the University of Southern California to get their daughters admitted as members of the crew team, even though neither is a rower.