What is college admission bribery scandal?
On March 12 2019, United States federal prosecutors made public all the investigation and related charges. In College Admission Bribery Scandal, at least 50 people were charged among them was Lori Loughlin.
What were the accusations?
The accusations ranged from paying thousands of dollars for higher SAT scores to presenting students as to athletes in sports they never even played. Some were even accused of faking disabilities and faking ethnicity so that their children could get special privileges while taking the test. All of these to get their kids into these top-tier schools like Yale and Stanford. Most of them were wealthy parents all accused of trying the same thing. Getting their kids into some of the most elite schools in the country.
What is Operation Varsity Blues?
The code name of the investigation was Operation Varsity Blues. Operation Varsity Blues, the massive sting exposing the ugly truth that admission to college can be bought, bartered, and stolen for some. In this scandal, the FBI charged people for participating in a scheme to get students into colleges by cheating in entrance examinations or bribing the athletic coaches to recruit students regardless of their ability.
Involvement of Actress Lori Loughlin
One of the parents was Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannuli (Lori Anne Loughlin is an American actress and producer. Her husband Mossimo is an American fashion designer). Prosecutor said the scheme was led by William Singer, a college-prep professional. Lori Anne Loughlin and Mossimo Giannuli were charged by the FBI and the U.S attorney office for fraud and bribery related offense. Lori Loughlin is just one of the parents facing felony charges after allegedly doing whatever it takes to get their kids into top schools like Yale and the University of Southern California. Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannuliallegedly put up half a million dollars in exchange for getting their two daughters recruited to the USC crew team. Even though they did not participate in the crew.
During the hearings on 21 August 2020, US District Judge Nathaniel Gorton addressed both defendants, telling Loughlin that he believed her statement was sincere but pointed to what he described as her "fairy-tale life." "Yet you stand before me a convicted felon, and for what? For the inexplicable desire to grab more," Gorton said. "To have whatever prestige and instant gratification that comes from being able to show off the admission of your daughters to a preferred university." Earlier in the day, Gorton told Giannulli that he "certainly did know better." "You were not stealing bread to feed your family," Gorton said. "You have no excuse for your crime. And that makes it all the more blameworthy."