Others Struck with money laundering charge, loughlin, husband
Federal prosecutors added money laundering into the set of accusations against actress Lori Loughlin, her style designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, along with 14 other prominent parents Tuesday in the school admissions bribery situation, raising the strain for them to plead guilty as other parents have agreed to do.
The new fees include a day after”Desperate Housewives” actress Felicity Huffman, 12 other buddy along with a mentor agreed to plead guilty.
The parents were arrested last month on a single charge of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. An indictment brought Tuesday adds a cost of money laundering conspiracy against the 14 other parents and the bunch.
McGlashan’s lawyer John Hueston said Tuesday the case against him”is profoundly flawed.”
“We look forward to presenting his side of this story,” Hueston said.
Messages seeking comment were left by representatives for Loughlin, Giannulli and Janavs.
Lawyers for the young ones charged in the indictment Tuesday accused prosecutors of”judge shopping” to get their case in front of a tough jurist. In a letter to the chief judge of the federal court of Boston, the attorneys said the parents should not be inserted into an indictment that has been assigned to Judge Nathaniel Gorton.
U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling shot , calling the letter”inappropriate” and a”Hail Mary by individuals who know better.”
“What counsel don’t state — but naturally mean — is that they want another judge since they perceive Judge Gorton as imposing more sentences in criminal cases than other judges at the district; when this thing had been attracted to a judge viewed as more favorable to the defense, counsel wouldn’t have mailed the letter,” Lelling wrote in reaction.
This is not the first time such a fee has popped up in the coming case. A California couple accused of paying $25,000 to cheat in their son SAT, amy and Gregory Colburn, were indicted last month on money laundering and mail fraud conspiracy charges.
The parents charged in the event are accused of committing Rick Singer, an admissions consultant, to cheat their kids’ college entrance examinations and get their kids admitted at universities such as Georgetown and Yale. It’s the largest such strategy prosecuted by the Justice Department.
Loughlin and Giannulli are accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to receive their daughters in the University of Southern California as crew team recruits, though neither of these played with the sport.
They seemed in Boston federal court last week and were not asked to enter a plea.
Huffman, the 56-year-old Emmy winner that slipped in ABC’s”Desperate Housewives,” was accused of paying $15,000 disguised as a charitable contribution to have a proctor correct the replies on her daughter’s SAT. She and the 12 other parents agreed to plead guilty to a single charge of conspiracy to commit honest services and mail fraud mail fraud.
Prosecutors say they will seek out a prison sentence that’s about 10 and between four weeks for Huffman’s end. Huffman is scheduled to show up at the federal court on May 24 of Boston to plead guilty.
Huffman said she would take the consequences and on Monday took accountability for her actions.
“My daughter knew absolutely nothing about my actions, also in my misguided and profoundly incorrect way, I’ve betrayed her. This transgression toward the public I will carry for the rest of my life. My desire to help my daughter isn’t a excuse to break the law or engage in dishonesty,” she said after her plea bargain was announced.
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