Lori Loughlin college bribery scandal on edge of night

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Former soap opera actress and other Hollywood elite indicted.

Updated March 14: Soaps.com has learned that Lori Loughlin has been fired from all of her shows at the Hallmark Channel, as well as from Netflix for Fuller House. TVLine has obtained a statement from Hallmark stating, “We are saddened by the recent news surrounding the college admissions allegations. We are no longer working with Lori Loughlin and have stopped development of all productions that air on the Crown Media Family Network channels involving Lori Loughlin including Garage Sale Mysteries, an independent third party production.”

On March 12, we reported that Lori Loughlin, who played Jody on Edge of Night, has been named alongside her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, fellow television and film star Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives), and dozens more in a scam to help their children get into the colleges of their choice. Huffman’s husband William H. Macy (Shameless) has not been indicted. The scam allegedly involved bribing college entrance-exam administrators to allow cheating on the tests such as the SAT/ACTs, and have university athletic coaches designate certain applicants as athletic recruits for the school, regardless if the applicant was an athlete. The money for the payments allegedly was funneled through a fake non-profit charity foundation set up by William Rick Singer according to TMZ. Parents are accused of paying anywhere from $200,000 to $400,000 dollars for his services, some going as high as $6.5 million. A total of $25 million in bribes and payments were discovered by the investigators as part of the indictment, which came down from the United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts according to TVLine. A live conference was also recently held on the matter by the US Attorney’s Office.

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Loughlin and her husband have been accused of paying $500,000 for their two daughters to be designated as recruits to the University of Southern California crew team. Neither girl participated in the sport. Loughlin has reportedly surrendered to a warrant for her arrest, and was taken into custody, then posted a million dollar bond Wednesday after being told by a judge to surrender her passport by December 2019. The actress will be able to travel within USA and to British Columbia for work commitments. Her next court date is March 29 in Boston.

In most cases the children were unaware of the scheme their parents were involved in to make sure they got into the chosen colleges. Other schools involved in the scam include Yale, Harvard, Stanford and Georgetown.

Loughlin is best known as Aunt Becky on Full House and the Netflix reboot Fuller House, but also for playing Abigail Stanton in Hallmark’s When Calls the Heart, as the lead in the Garage Sale Mystery series on Hallmark’s Mystery Channel, and has appeared in some of their Countdown to Christmas films.