New York | The american actress, Lori Loughlin has pleaded guilty to fraud Friday, in the framework of a vast scandal of bribes paid by wealthy parents to ensure the admission of their children in prestigious universities.
During a virtual hearing before a federal judge in Boston, the actress of The house party and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, who denied any offence, for months, have complied stoically under the agreement announced yesterday with the prosecutor: they have pleaded guilty to one count of bank transfer fraud.
Under this agreement, the prosecutor dropped two other charges, and is expected to recommend a sentence of two months imprisonment for the actress, aged 55 years, five months for her husband (56 years), and fines of, respectively, 150 000 and 250 000 dollars.
Without agreement, a trial, expected in October, would have been risking years of prison.
Federal prosecutors accused the actress and her husband have paid $ 500,000 to an intermediary to ensure the admission of their two daughters at the University of Southern California (USC).
Through the brain of the operation, William Singer, the two girls have been presented as good recruits for the rowing team of the university, so that they do not practice this sport.
Presented as a foundation, the organization of William Singer would have received a total of $ 25 million to-do parents eager to see their children admitted to prestigious universities such as Yale, Georgetown or Stanford.
Most of the parents involved in this scandal have already pleaded guilty. Among them, the other fame of this scandal, the actress Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives), sentenced to two weeks in jail, who eventually spent 11 days behind bars in October.
The hearing to determine the sentence of Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli is scheduled for 21 August. It is not known if it will be virtual.
The hearing to Friday, on the platform Zoom, and was interspersed with small technical problems, the participants, including having a little trouble with the function “Mute” of the software.
With the pandemic, some 2500 federal prisoners were released to finish their sentences at home. Ignoring for the moment if this could be the case for the couple Loughlin-Giannulli.