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Lori Loughlin slapped with additional charge in college admissions scandal

Here’s what she’s been charged with and why it matters

Lori Loughlin arrives at the Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday Aug. 30, 2009, in Los Angeles.
Lori Loughlin arrives at the Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday Aug. 30, 2009, in Los Angeles.
Matt Sayles, Associated Press

Actress Lori Loughlin was among the 11 parents who were slapped with additional charges Tuesday in the college admissions scandal.

A new indictment said the 11 parents “conspired to commit federal program bribery by bribing employees of the University of Southern California to facilitate their children’s admission. In exchange for the bribes, employees of the university allegedly designated the defendants’ children as athletic recruits — with little or no regard for their athletic abilities — or as members of other favored admissions categories.”

Loughlin was only charged with the conspiracy count. The other parents received additional charges, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli are accused of paying $500,000 in bribes so that their daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose Giannulli, were crew team recruits for the University of Southern California. The couple pleaded not guilty in the court case and are still awaiting trial.

The additional charges come after four parents have flipped their pleas in fear of additional charges being filed against them, as reported by the Deseret News. Experts said federal prosecutors hoped the parents would change their pleas if they knew they would be hit with additional charges.