Did Lori Loughlin's Influencer Daughters Pose on Rowing Machine as Part of Admissions Scam?
It's one of the allegations laid out in court documents charging the actress and her designer husband, among many others.
"Full House" actress Lori Loughlin turned herself in to investigators on Wednesday for her alleged role in a college admissions scam.
Loughlin, who flew home from Canada, where she was shooting the Hallmark Channel series "When Calls the Heart," is one of several big names accused in the shocking bribery scheme. According to the FBI, parents allegedly paid millions to bribe coaches at elite universities to reportedly recruit their children and gain admission.
Loughlin and her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, both allegedly paid $500,000 to have their two daughters labeled as recruits to the USC crew team, even though authorities say they'd never participated in the sport.
The couple is even said to have staged photos of their daughters on rowing machines.
After being arrested early Tuesday morning, a distraught Felicity Huffman appeared in court and did not enter a plea. Huffman's bond was set at $250,000 and she was released, though she was told to stay in the U.S. At the courthouse, Huffman's husband, William H. Macy, sat in the front row and ignored reporters' shouted questions outside. Macy is not charged in the alleged scam.
Loughlin and Huffman are not alone, according to investigators. A trend expert is accused of paying $50,000 to have someone take the ACT for her son. Last May, she posted an image on Instagram urging others not to cheat. The CEO of a beverage distributor and his wife allegedly paid tens of thousands to have a proctor correct their daughter's mistakes on the SAT.
So should the children whose parents paid their way into top schools lose their spots? Inside Edition asked college students who got in through merit.
"These students are now taking a spot from a student that actually did work very, very hard," one said.
"That you can now pay your way instead of putting in the hard work is a little bit disappointing," said another. "But I still think it's the parents and not the students."
The National Collegiate Athletic Association called the allegations troubling, adding that they should be a concern for all of higher education.
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