How Did Lori Loughlin Meet the Leader of the College Admissions Cheating Ring?

Remember when you were little and your mom told you to choose your friends wisely so you wouldn’t put yourself in sticky situations?

Well, maybe Lori Loughlin should have listened to those words a little more closely. The actress is now facing two charges for scamming her daughters’ way into The University of Southern California. Each of the charges could send her to prison for up to 20 years.

All of this may have been avoided if Loughlin had never met the ring leader of the college admissions cheating operation, William Rick Singer.

How did Loughlin meet Singer?

As a mother, you probably feel pressure to give your children the best of the best. The best clothes, the best vacations, the best education. So when Loughlin heard that Singer had helped some of her friends’ kids get into notable colleges, she got curious to find out more about how she could help her own daughters.

“Lori heard about Rick from a friend,” a source close to the situation told People. “Lori was told that Rick was the best. He was known for being creative, but it seems Lori had no idea that he engaged in bribes and lies.”

Though using Singer probably wasn’t the best way to go about it, Loughlin’s priority was getting her daughters into a good school.

“It seems Lori went along with Rick’s plan because he explained this was the only way to get into USC,” the source continued.

How did Loughlin get her daughters into USC?

Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli are accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to have their daughters recognized as recruits to the USC crew team. The problem with the designation is that the girls never even participated in crew.

Is Loughlin guilty?

As more information has come to light, certain people involved in the scam have taken plea deals.

Singer plead guilty to several charges, including money laundering conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and racketeering conspiracy, according to People. He has also agreed to work with the FBI to help gather information on the other people charged in the case.

Actress Felicity Huffman, who was also accused of scamming her daughter’s way into school, accepted a plea deal.

“I am pleading guilty to the charge brought against me by the United States Attorney’s Office,” she said in a statement obtained by People. “I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done, I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those actions.”

Originally, Loughlin and her husband were also offered a plea agreement when they only faced the mail fraud charge. They both rejected the deal and now also face a money laundering conspiracy charge.

“[The prosecutors] are saying that the only way anyone’s going to escape jail time is if they go to trial and are found not guilty,” a source told the outlet. “But they’re saying they have such meticulous evidence that it would be foolish to take that risk.”

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