One day after the news broke about the far-reaching college admissions scandal, actress Lori Loughlin has been taken into custody for her part in the scheme.
Loughlin, who is best known as ‘Aunt Becky’ on the popular ‘90s sitcom ‘Full House’ is accused of perpetrating fraud and bribing school officials to get her daughters into ‘good’ colleges.
Loughlin joins ‘Desperate Housewives’ star Felicity Huffman and nearly 50 other influential individuals who have been indicted for their parts in what is being called, ‘Operation Varsity Blues.’ Loughlin’s husband, fashion designer Mossimo Gianulli has also been charged in the scheme.
Loughlin and Gianulli are accused of faking entrance applications, providing fraudulent documents, and paying thousands of dollars in bribes to influential members of the admission process, including SAT/ACT officials.
“Specifically, the indictment alleged that she and her husband had paid $500,000, disguised as a donation to the Key Worldwide Foundation, so that the University of Southern California's admissions committee would be led to believe that their two daughters would be joining the school's women's rowing team if admitted, when in fact neither young woman had ever trained in the sport and had no plans to do so.”
Loughlin was in Vancouver, Canada filming her Hallmark series ‘When Calls the Heart’ when the indictments came down. She reportedly made arrangements with the F.B.I. to turn herself in once she returned to Los Angeles. That happened Wednesday morning.
At her L.A. court appearance, Loughlin was not expected to enter a plea. She is scheduled to post bail and receive a summons to appear in federal court in Boston at a later date.
Everyday Americans are outraged at the entire scam, and they took to social media to express their fury and disgust.
"Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy, Lori Laughlin, Mossimo Giannulli & other wealthy parents lied, cheated, bribed & bought admission for their under-performing kids at elite schools; depriving admission to students who actually qualified."
"I will try to hold my verdict until the trial is over but what I am hearing about the Felicity and Lori Laughlin scandal is appalling. Taking opportunity away from kids who trained and worked their asses off to give it to your unworthy spoiled kids. Shame on You!"
Many pointed to Lori’s daughter, Olivia Jade, and her revealing video in which she shared what she really thinks about college.
And others aren’t buying the subsequent ‘apology’ video she posted right after the scandal was exposed.
“Lori Laughlin's daughter Olivia Jade says ‘I don't really care about school’.”
“Then she says sorry which I find is because of the backlash comments made to her for her original statement. In this other clip below she doesn't even remember what she's sorry for, really.”
“My niece got straight A's from 1st grade thru high school, had super high SAT and ACT scores, took all of the AP classes offered by her school, was a scholar-athlete (8 Varsity letters), and she got turned down by USC. And you don't care about school, but your parents got you in?”
“Lifelong socialite with no appreciable skills or goals. What a waste to take a spot from someone who wanted to go to school. Just live off your parents' money and party and go to games with your parents' money and work on getting that reality show gig.”🤦🏻♀️
A couple of Twitter users decided humor was the best response and thought it apropos that ‘Aunt Becky’s’ family members speak their minds.
First is little Michelle with her iconic tagline:
"You're in big trouble, mister!"
Then we find out how Danny breaks the news to D.J.
"D.J., Aunt Becky is going to jail."
We'll just leave it right there for now...
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