For parents involved in the college admissions scandal, things keep getting worse. The latest twist in the ongoing saga finds 11 individuals, including Mossimo Giannulli and Lori Loughlin, indicted by a grand jury in Boston on new federal bribery charges. These charges add to the fraud and money laundering charges the parents already face.
The charge, federal program bribery, can be levied against a person who is accused of bribing an agent or employee of an organization that receives $10,000 or more in federal money and who obtains something worth at least $5,000 in return. As the Los Angeles Times reports, prosecutors argue that the parents used college consultant Rick Singer to bribe university sports coaches. The schools in question all get federal money, fulfilling the first part, and the admissions slots given to Singer’s clients, the U.S. Attorneys say, have monetary values exceeding $5,000.
Coaches alleged to have accepted the bribes were also indicted, including former UCLA soccer coach Jorge Salcedo and former USC athletics administrator Donna Heinel.
Not every parent who worked with Singer is wrapped up in this most recent wave of indictments. In addition to those like Felicity Huffman who had already had already fessed up, four more parents entered pleas of guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud and money laundering on Monday, in a deal to avoid the additional bribery charges.
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