The flipped pleas come as federal prosecutors plan to charge defendants with additional charges, which includes bribery. Those additional charges could be filed by Tuesday.
The four parents — Douglas Hodge, Manuel Henriquez, Elizabeth Henriquez and Michelle Janavs — each pleaded guilty to conspiracy fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering, according to CNN.
Federal prosecutors have tried to use potential charges to make the accused parents flip their pleas, per CNN.
“The carrot is, ‘Take a quick plea and get your best shot at a lower sentence,’” CNN legal analyst Elie Honig said in April. “And the stick is, ‘We have additional charges that we’ll bring if you don’t plead by that date.’”
Flashback: In March, prosecutors charged more than 30 parents in the college admissions scam. Those who pleaded not guilty — including Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli — were then charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering in April, which was another example of the “carrot and stick” approach, according to Deadline.
Will Loughlin flip?: Loughlin still sticks by her not guilty plea. She’s been promoting the idea for months now. There were some brief suggestions that Felicity Huffman’s sentence scared her, and may have made her want to switch her plea. But that doesn’t appear to be the case.