“Full House” star Lori Loughlin along with her style programmer husband, and Mossimo Giannulli, were struck Tuesday with a new charge at the sweeping school admissions bribery plan.
The move comes a day after fellow actress Felicity Huffman, 12 other parents and a coach agreed to plead guilty — indicating an escalation in the case against the parents who are continuing to resist the allegations against them.
Loughlin and Giannulli were among 33 parents accused of bribing coaches and engaging.
They had been detained on a single charge of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. An indictment brought Tuesday adds a charge of money laundering conspiracy against 14 additional parents along with the bunch.
Last month, a California couple accused of paying $25,000 to cheat their son’s SAT, Gregory and amy Colburn, were indicted on the money laundering and mail fraud conspiracy charges.
The parents are accused of paying Rick Singer, an admissions adviser, get their children admitted at such elite schools like Yale and Georgetown as athletic spouses and to cheat in their kids’ college entrance examinations.
Giannulli and loughlin are accused of spending $500,000 in bribes to receive their daughters in the University of Southern California as crew team recruits, though neither of these and with the sport played with.
They appeared in Boston federal court last week and were not asked to put in a plea. They haven’t openly addressed the allegations.
Other parents comprise Michelle Janavs, whose family produced the microwave bite line Sexy Pockets earlier selling their company, and William McGlashan, who also co-founded an investment fund using U2’s Bono in 2017.
The 12 parents and she agreed to plead guilty Monday to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.
Prosecutors say they’ll seek a prison sentence that is about the end of between four and 10 months for Huffman.
Huffman took accountability for her actions and said she would accept the consequences.
“My girl knew absolutely nothing about my activities, and in my misguided and profoundly wrong way, I’ve betrayed her. This transgression toward her and the people I will proceed for the rest of my life. My urge to help my daughter is no excuse to break the law or engage in dishonesty,” she said after her plea bargain was announced.