Lori Loughlin surrendered to authorities according to a Los Angeles court hearing. Loughlin has been taken into custody as a result of fallout from the sweeping college admissions scandal.
Prosecutors allege that Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, paid $500,000 to have their two daughters labeled as recruits to the University of Southern California crew team, even though neither is a rower.
Loughlin and fellow actress Felicity Huffman headline the list of some 50 people charged in documents unveiled in Boston that describe a scheme to cheat the admissions process at eight sought-after schools. The parents bribed college coaches and other insiders to get their children into selective schools, authorities said.
“These parents are a catalog of wealth and privilege,” U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said at a news conference in Boston, where the indictments in the scandal were handed up.
“For every student admitted through fraud, an honest and genuinely talented student was rejected,” Lelling said.
In a statement Thursday, the parent company of the Hallmark Channel says it was “saddened” by the recent allegations.
Hallmark says it is cutting ties with actress Lori Loughlin following her arrest in a sprawling college admissions scam case.
Meanwhile, the University of Southern California announced that it will be reviewing the applications of current students caught up in the scandal. That would include Olivia Jade Giannulli, the daughter of actress Lori Loughlin, reports CBS Los Angeles.
CBS L.A. reports she posted a video on social media last year in which she could be seen saying, "I don't know how much of school I'm going to attend." Her YouTube channel has over 1.9 million subscribers.
"I do want the experience of game days, partying,” she continued. Then she paused and added, “I don't really care about school, as you guys know."
She posted a second video apologizing for her comments a few days later. Neither Olivia Jade nor any of the other students who may have benefited from the alleged scheme have been charged in the federal case.