Yesterday, Felicity Huffman and a group of parents pleaded guilty in the college admissions scandal. They could get jail time, but it’s unlikely. They seem to be facing fines and probation.
We wondered what had happened to Lori Loughlin, her busband, and the other parents.
Now that other shoe has dropped, so to speak. Loughlin, husband Massimo Gianulli, and 14 other parents have been indicted a second time, this time the charge includes fraud and money laundering. The Gianulli’s used a half a million bucks to bribe ringers to take their daughters’ SAT tests and so on. That $500,000 was a lot of money compared to Huffman’s meager $15,000. Now we know why.
According to the US Attorney in Boston:
“The defendants, all of whom were arrested last month on a criminal complaint, are charged with conspiring with William “Rick” Singer, 58, of Newport Beach, Calif., and others, to bribe SAT and ACT exam administrators to allow a test taker to secretly take college entrance exams in place of students, or to correct the students’ answers after they had taken the exam, and with bribing university athletic coaches and administrators to facilitate the admission of students to elite universities as purported athletic recruits.
“The second superseding indictment also charges the defendants with conspiring to launder the bribes and other payments in furtherance of the fraud by funneling them through Singer’s purported charity and his for-profit corporation, as well as by transferring money into the United States, from outside the United States, for the purpose of promoting the fraud scheme.”
This group includes:
- Gamal Abdelaziz, 62, aka “Gamal Aziz,” of Las Vegas, Nev.;
- Diane Blake, 55, of Ross, Calif.;
- Todd Blake, 53, of Ross, Calif.;
- I-Hsin “Joey” Chen, 64, of Newport Beach, Calif.;
- Mossimo Giannulli, 55, of Los Angeles, Calif.;
- Elizabeth Henriquez, 56, of Atherton, Calif.;
- Manuel Henriquez, 56, of Atherton, Calif.;
- Douglas Hodge, 61, of Laguna Beach, Calif.;
- Michelle Janavs, 48, of Newport Coast, Calif.;
- Elisabeth Kimmel, 54, of Las Vegas, Nev.;
- Lori Loughlin, 54, of Los Angeles, Calif.;
- William McGlashan, Jr., 55, of Mill Valley, Calif.;
- Marci Palatella, 63, of Hillsborough, Calif.;
- John Wilson, 59, of Lynnfield, Mass.;
- Homayoun Zadeh, 57, of Calabasas, Calif.; and
- Robert Zangrillo, 52, of Miami, Fla.
Again: this is SERIOUS. All these people will be arraigned again will have to plea guilty or not guilty. The charge of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud provides for a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater. The charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering provides for a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $500,000 or twice the value of the property involved in the money laundering. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.