Lori Loughlin is now facing an additional bribery charge for her role in the college admissions scandal.
On Tuesday, the US District Attorney of Massachusetts said a grand jury returned additional charges against 11 of the 15 parents charged in the college admissions case.
The new charges in the third superseding indictment allege that Loughlin, her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, and nine others conspired to commit federal program bribery by paying 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,' a statement reads.
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Lori Loughlin (right) and her husband Mossimo Giannulli (left) are now facing an additional bribery charge for their roles in the college admissions scandal
The new charges in the third superseding indictment allege that the couple conspired to commit federal program bribery by paying employees of the University of Southern California to facilitate their children’s admission. Loughlin is pictured with her two daughters
Prosecutors in the college admissions scandal claim that Loughlin, 55, paid a $500,000 bribe for her daughters, Olivia Jade, 20, and Isabella Giannulli, 21, (pictured) to be accepted to the university
The charge of conspiracy to commit federal programs bribery provides for a sentence of up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000.
Authorities said the new charge is only against parents, like Loughlin and Giannulli, who pleaded not guilty to the initial indictment.
Parents who have already pleaded guilty or accepted plea deals, like Felicity Huffman, do not face additional charges.
Huffman was given just 14 days