Sixteen parents, including actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, face new charges in the college admissions scandal that has already snared dozens of wealthy individuals. The Justice Department announced Tuesday that a second superseding indictment has charged them with money laundering and conspiring to commit fraud.
The indictment, which was handed down by a grand jury in Boston, comes just a day after 14 of their co-defendants — including actress Felicity Huffman, 13 other parents and one coach — said they would plead guilty to playing a role in the alleged multimillion-dollar scheme to cheat the college admissions process through fraud and bribery.
All told, 50 individuals have been charged in the scandal — 33 of whom were parents allegedly seeking to boost their children's admission prospects through doctored standardized tests and bribes to college athletics coaches. The alleged ringleader, William "Rick" Singer, pleaded guilty last month to charges ranging from racketeering conspiracy to obstruction of justice.
Already accused of participating in the scheme, the 16 parents facing new charges Tuesday also allegedly sought to disguise that participation.
According to a statement released by federal officials, the individuals laundered their payments "by funneling them through Singer's purported charity and his for-profit corporation, as well as by transferring money into the United States, from outside the United States, for the purpose of promoting the fraud scheme."