BOSTON (AP) – 'Full House' actress (“Three for three”) Lori Loughlin, her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, and nine other parents were charged Tuesday with new federal charges while prosecutors pressured them to admit your guilt in a bribe scandal to universities to accept your children.
An investigative jury in Boston indicted parents of unlawful association to commit bribery within a federal program. The charge accuses parents of bribing officials in an organization that receives at least $ 10,000 in federal funds.
They are accused of paying for their children to be admitted to the University of Southern California. The 11 parents previously pleaded not guilty of other charges in the case.RELATED
This is the second time that prosecutors have filed new charges. In April, they added money laundering to the initial accusations of fraud and illicit association.
Federal prosecutor Andrew Lelling in Boston said the new charges stem from an ongoing investigation. The charges would boost his goal of blaming defendants for "total responsibility for corrupting the university admissions process through cheating, bribery and fraud," he said in a statement.
The lawyers of Loughlin and Giannulli did not immediately respond to the new charges. The couple is accused of paying $ 500,000 for their two daughters to be admitted to USC as members of the rowing team, even when none practice that sport. Loughlin and Giannulli have pleaded not guilty.
Among those accused of the new charge are William McGlashan, who created an investment fund with U2 Bond in 2017, and Robert Zangrillo, a prominent Miami real estate builder.