More charges pressed in the college admissions scandal

Kartik Mukalla, Staff Writer

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     A few months after the wave of scandals that caught celebrities like multiple their attempts to fraudulently enter their children into elite colleges, a new wave of accusations have appeared in the press. Lori Loughlin, famous from shows such as Full House, and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, have been hit particularly hard by these accusations.

     The original college admissions scandal, despite being forgotten by much of the American public, was as wild as it was disconcerting for regular people across America. It served as an example of how far sheer status, wealth, and nepotism could get someone who had zero qualifications to get there. The FBI cracked down on the offending celebrities in a shocking report that uncovered an elaborate scheme.

     The Edge College & Career Network, which purportedly served as a high-end counseling service for college admissions, was actually a front that served to help the underachieving children of the wealthy enter college by any means possible. The FBI reported that The Edge often encouraged children to fake learning disabilities for longer SAT times and bribe proctors to alter results on top of that. If that was not enough, parents would fake athletic scholarships and photoshop pictures to make their children appear as if they were star athletes. One notable case involved a daughter who was primed for a tennis scholarship, her athletic profile filled with the requisite false accolades and photoshopped pictures, until a recruiter saw her play tennis and immediately realize something was up, only to be bribed $110,000 for his silence.

   Loughlin was part of a textbook case of scam and bribery. Her daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella Giannulli, were given scholarships on the premise that they were captains of their crew team, despite never rowing for a second in their life. She even hired professional photographers to take pictures of her daughters simulating rowing on a set. The first part of Loughlin’s case involved the act of scamming, but the second wave has entailed extensive bribery charges. The only question that remains is how hard the American justice system will come down on these celebrities for their crimes.

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