Hollywood actress Lori Loughlin was among the 50-plus people charged in a nationwide college admissions cheating and recruitment scheme on Tuesday, and Twitter took no time before commenting on the former Full House star's foray into the limelight.
The mastermind of the scheme, William "Rick" Singer, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to racketeering charges.
Ms Loughlin appeared in federal court in Los Angeles on Wednesday (local time) to face charges of taking part in a scheme in which dozens of wealthy parents - including several from the entertainment and business worlds - are accused of paying for their children to win entry into prestigious USA universities.
"One was to cheat on the SAT or ACT, and the other was to use his connections with Division I coaches and use bribes to get these parents' kids into school with fake athletic credentials". Prosecutors say those were false claims as neither daughter has participated in the sport.
The FBI believes that those involved with the scandal had been paying others to take college entrance exams in place of their children or falsely stating that the children were student athletes. Prosecutors in the US attorney's office in Boston say his company, Edge College & Career Network, amassed $25 million through the fraud.
Hallmark Cards Inc. says it will no longer working with Loughlin and has stopped development of all productions involving her.
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According to the released indictment, Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, "agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team - despite the fact that they did not participate in crew - thereby facilitating their admission to USC".
Singer disguised bribe payments as charitable contributions to the Key Worldwide Foundation - a purported nonprofit that was actually "a front Singer used to launder the money that parents paid him", Lelling said.
Center was accused of taking up to almost $100,000 to get a student into school by listing him as a tennis recruit and offering him a scholarship for books. "Additionally, the university is reviewing its admissions processes broadly to ensure that such actions do not occur going forward". The latter is where Loughlin's daughter, Olive Jade, recently started her freshman year.
It was unclear how many children benefited, and investigators said more parents and coaches may yet be charged.
"I don't know how much of school I'm gonna attend, but I'm gonna go in and talk to my deans and everyone and hope that I can try and balance it all", Jade previously explained in a video from August 2018.
The school was one of several named in a federal lawsuit filed in San Francisco saying students were denied a fair opportunity for admission.