The American actress Lori Loughlin and husband declared Monday "not guilty" of the charges that are accused (money laundering and bank fraud that could involve up to 40 years in prison). The US justice charged them for having paid $ 500,000 (just over 442,000 euros) for their daughters to enter the University of Southern California (USC) as members of the rowing team. The couple waived their right to appear before a judge to be formally accused and signed their statement in writing before the Boston court that follows their cause, according to the agency AFP, who accessed the documents.
Loughlin, her husband, the designer Mossimo Giannulli, and another thirty parents, among whom is Felicity Huffman (protagonist in Desperate women Y American Crime), are involved in a gigantic scheme of bribes for their children to enter the university. Huffman, along with another dozen parents, and a coach related to the fraud Massive bribes to access elite universities, pleaded guilty last week to the charges against them, including the one of postal fraud. The actress acknowledged having paid $ 15,000 (just over 12,000 euros) to get her eldest daughter to get better grades on the entrance exam.
The scheme to guarantee the entrance of young people to the university in exchange for the payment of bribes was designed by William Singer, through a company specialized in preparing students for the admission exam.
The pitfalls ranged from paying bribes to certain people to improve test scores, having someone else pass themselves off as the student to pass the test, or paying college athletic coaches and administrators to accept students at his teams, although these were not athletes and did not have the necessary merits.
Singer's company, which pleaded guilty and cooperates with the courts, received about $ 25 million from high-income parents, who were eager for their children to be admitted to prestigious universities such as Yale, Georgetown, Stanford or UCLA, according to prosecutors. Massachusetts.