It is definitely not looking up for Lori Laughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli, who have been accused of getting their daughters into USC under false pretenses. Today, the pair are facing new bribery charges by the office of the U.S Attorney for Massachusetts. This could add an additional 10 years onto their current suspected jail time, which could total 50 years or more behind bars for the Fuller House star and her entrepreneur husband once everything is said and done.
Felicity Huffman, who was accused of bribery alongside Laughlin, was already found guilty and is halfway through her prison sentence. It is very probable that Laughin will be spending more time behind bars than her cohort. The Fuller House actress plead not guilty this past spring to various federal charges for what has been called Operation Varsity Blues. A trial is expected to happen next year.
Not only do both Lori Laughlin and Mossimo Giannulli face upwards of 50 years in prison apiece, they are both facing fines of up to $1.23 million. At this time, both of their daughters have fled from USC, and are no longer a fixture on the California campus. U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling had this to say after the new indictment against the couple was made, with STX founder Bill McGlashan, Jr. and eight other parents also being exposed.
"Today's charges are the result of ongoing investigation in the nationwide college admissions case. Our goal from the beginning has been to hold the defendants fully accountable for corrupting the college admissions process through cheating, bribery and fraud. The superseding indictments will further that effort."
No new arraignment date is currently set. The 11 parents in question are charged in the 3rd indictment with conspiring "to commit federal program bribery by bribing employees of the University of Southern California (USC) 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."
Lawyers for Lori Laughlin and Mossimo Giannulli haven't responded to requests for comment. And neither of the two parents offered any comments about the new charges against them, either. Laughlin turned down a government deal, pleading not guilty in mid-April. Both husband and wife are accused of, "bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team - despite the fact that they did not participate in crew - thereby facilitating their admission to USC." This is according to the 200-page indictment made public March 12.
Lori Laughlin is out on a $1 million bond after having been slapped with an additional money laundering charge after she plead not guilty on April 9. This latest news on the case comes from Deadline.