Lori Loughlin surrenders to the FBI, posts $1m bond in college bribery case

Lori Loughlin. (Photo: Getty Images)
Lori Loughlin. (Photo: Getty Images)

Boston - The FBI says actress Lori Loughlin was been taken into custody in connection with a scheme in which wealthy parents paid bribes to get their children into top colleges.

FBI spokesperson Laura Eimiller says Loughlin was in custody on Wednesday morning in Los Angeles. She was scheduled to appear in court there in the afternoon.

During her court appearance a federal judge said the Full House actress Lori Loughlin can be released after posting $1m bond.

Loughlin stood with her lawyer in the Los Angeles courtroom on Wednesday and didn't speak except when answering "yes" to the judge's questions.

According to TMZ, Loughlin, like her husband did for his bail payment, could put their home up as collateral to secure the bond.

Magistrate Judge Steve Kim said Loughlin must limit her travel to the continental U.S. and areas around Vancouver, Canada, for work but will have to surrender her passport in December once her contracted work for the Hallmark channel is completed.

Prosecutors allege Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, paid $500 000 to have their two daughters labelled as recruits to the University of Southern California crew team, even though neither is a rower.

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They were among 50 people, including actress Felicity Huffman, charged in the scheme.

Huffman was arrested and appeared in court on a charge of paying a $15 000 bribe disguised as a charitable donation, to secure her daughter's admission to college.

The Desperate Housewives actress was released after posting a $250k bond. Her husband, William H. Macy, was not charged. Authorities have not said why.


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