US actor Lori Loughlin surrendered to authorities on Wednesday and was to appear in a Los Angeles court to face charges in a massive college admissions scam involving other celebrities and top industry CEOs.
The Full House star and her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, who has also been charged in the case, allegedly paid $5,00,000 in bribes to ensure their two daughters were recruited to the University of Southern California rowing team even though the pair did not participate in the crew.
FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said that Loughlin, 54, surrendered to FBI agents after returning from Vancouver, where she was filming.The couple were among 50 people indicted on Tuesday in a scam to help children of the American elite gain entry into top US colleges.
Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman, who has also been implicated in the scandal, was arrested by FBI agents at her home on Tuesday and later released on bail.
The 56-year-old actor and her husband William H Macy, allegedly paid $15,000 for their eldest daughter to perform well on a college entrance exam. The ringleader behind the scam, William ‘Rick’ Singer, has pleaded guilty and is cooperating with authorities.
The universities targetted in the elaborate cheating scam include Yale, Stanford, UCLA and Georgetown. None of the schools or the students has been charged in the case.