Lori Loughlin Surrenders, Plus: Her Friends React to College Cheating Scandal

Tanya Cunningham
March 14, 2019

Code-named "Operation Varsity Blues", the investigation found that 33 parents paid admissions counselor William Singer a total of $25 million to get their kids into college.

Loughlin is scheduled to make her first court appearance Wednesday afternoon.

Prosecutors allege the couple paid $500,000 to have their daughters labeled as crew-team recruits at the University of Southern California, even though neither is a rower.

The scheme involved getting the children of wealthy people into the colleges of their dreams, often by manipulating sports scholarships, disability allowances on tests, and by inflating resumes.

Full House star and Hallmark Channel regular Lori Loughlin was also indicted on charges for her involvement in the scheme. The 54-year-old actress' travel has been restricted to the United States and Canada, as she is filming Garage Sale Mystery, a film series for Hallmark, in Vancouver.

Like Giannulli, who was released on $1 million bail Tuesday, Loughlin put up her home for collateral as part of the bond. She ended up scoring a 1420 - 400 points higher than she had gotten on a PSAT taken a year earlier, according to court documents.

In an open letter, Mamet said: "That a parent's zeal for her children's future may have overcome her better judgment for a moment is not only unfortunate, it is, I know we parents would agree, a universal phenomenon".

Actress Felicity Huffman walks towards the door in the lobby of a Los Angeles court after she is rel
Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin Among Celebs, CEOs Arrested in College Admissions Cheating Scandal

"The substantial majority of people in our industry are really ethical, it's mind-blowing that something on this scale could happen", said Chris Wills, president of the Twin Cities college consulting firm College Inside Track.

The announcement comes a day after the nationwide scandal exposed what federal prosecutors describe as a corrupt exchange of wealth, fame and influence for student admissions to the nation's most elite universities. The consultant also hired ringers to take college entrance exams, and paid off insiders at testing centers to alter students' scores.

A Florida prep school administrator has been suspended from his school after he was accused of taking college admissions tests for students as part of a scheme in which wealthy parents bribed coaches and others to get their children into elite universities. Meredith left with a $2,000 down payment, court records say.

John Vandemoor, a former Stanford University sailing coach who worked with Singer, also pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy.

Numerous children were unaware of their parents' activities. Huffman allegedly discussed a similar scheme for her younger daughter but ultimately decided against it. "Here, [the documents suggest that the FBI] has recordings of phone calls with Ms. Huffman discussing the arrangement, including how the organization planned to hide the $15,000 as a charitable donation".

Macy himself wasn't charged and authorities have not said why.

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