Ac­tress, 15 oth­ers hit with money-laun­der­ing charge

The Tribune (SLO) - - Insight - BY MATTHEW ORMSETH, JOEL RU­BIN AND RICHARD WIN­TON

LOS AN­GE­LES

Ac­tress Lori Lough­lin and 15 other par­ents im­pli­cated in the col­lege ad­mis­sions scan­dal have been in­dicted on charges of money laun­der­ing and fraud con­spir­acy, fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors said Tues­day.

The in­dict­ments came one day af­ter 13 par­ents and one coach said they would plead guilty in the far­reach­ing scheme.

The in­dict­ments un­sealed Tues­day do not pre­clude deals for the hold­outs. But un­like the par­ents who agreed to plead guilty a day ear­lier, the group in­dicted Tues­day – which also in­cludes Lough­lin’s hus­band, de­signer Mos­simo Gian­nulli, fi­nancier Douglas Hodge and Hot Pock­ets heiress Michelle Janavs – now face two charges: fraud con­spir­acy and money laun­der­ing con­spir­acy.

If con­victed, the in­dicted par­ents will likely face weight­ier sen­tences than those who have agreed to plead guilty.

Fifty peo­ple, in­clud­ing 33 par­ents, have been charged in the scheme, or­ches­trated by New­port Beach, Calif., col­lege con­sul­tant Wil­liam “Rick” Singer. Singer has ad­mit­ted to of­fer­ing wealthy par­ents a smor­gas­bord of il­licit en­try points into top uni­ver­si­ties, from rigged en­trance ex­ams to col­lege coaches who would re­cruit the chil­dren of his clients for six-fig­ure bribes.

Ac­tress Felic­ity Huff­man said Mon­day she would plead guilty to one charge of fraud con­spir­acy and apol­o­gized to her daugh­ter, say­ing she had “be­trayed” her “in a mis­guided and pro­foundly wrong way.” Pros­e­cu­tors said Huff­man paid $15,000 to have her daugh­ter’s SAT score doc­tored; Huff­man said the girl “knew ab­so­lutely noth­ing” about the scheme.

With one ex­cep­tion, all 33 par­ents charged in the scheme have ei­ther signed plea agree­ments or been in­dicted. Three par­ents had pre­vi­ously been in­dicted, and pros­e­cu­tors asked a judge on Mon­day for more time to dis­cuss a deal with Toby MacFar­lane, say­ing that MacFar­lane, a San Diego par­ent, would prob­a­bly plead guilty with­out be­ing in­dicted.

Lori Lough­lin

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