Following her arrest on Wednesday, Full House actress Lori Loughlin was released on $1 million bail.
She and her husband are accused of paying half a million actual dollars in bribes to guarantee their daughters a place at USC.
Now that the fraud has been exposed, will the two daughters be expelled?
Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, have been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud.
The couple’s 20-year-old daughter, Isabella Rose, attends the University of Southern California.
So does their 19-year-old daughter, Olivia Jade.
Olivia, who is an influencer, has seen a great deal of pushback over remarks that she made about school not being a real priority for her.
Notably, she was on a school trustee’s yacht when news of the scandal broke on Tuesday.
Clearly, it was a priority to Lori and Missimo.
The couple is accused of having paid $500,000 over the course of two bribes.
The scheme, revealed this week, was to have both daughters labeled as recruits for the school’s rowing team.
Neither of the young women are actually part of the team.
The alleged plot’s goal was to have both daughters labeled as recruited to guarantee their admission to the school.
A media relations rep for the University of Southern California spoke to Entertainment Tonight.
"We are going to conduct a case-by-case review for current students and graduates," the rep says.
The line about graduates is especially intriguing — and suggests that someone could lose a diploma over this.
USC will be looking into students "that may be connected to the scheme alleged by the government."
They don’t name Isabella or Olivia, of course, but you know that they have to be high on the university’s list.
"We will make informed, appropriate decisions," the rep assures Entertainment Tonight.
But the university will only be making these rulings "once those reviews have been completed."
We know that some people — namely talk show villain Wendy Williams — are out for blood over this scandal.
The rep for USC cautions that they want to be fair, and to not punish people who were unaware of what was done at their behest.
"Some of these individuals," the rep notes. "May have been minors at the time of their application process."
While they’ll be carefully making decisions about current and past students, future students are another story.
"Applicants in the current admissions cycle who are connected to the scheme alleged by the government," the rep begins.
The rep assures that these applicants "will be denied admission to USC."
Voiding someone’s diploma or transcript or kicking them out of school is a difficult, heavy decision.
This is especially true when administrators still need to determine if the students were aware of what happened.
But prospective students do not yet have that metaphorical "foot in the door."
The massive college admission fraud scandal is horrifying for many reasons.
Notably, this guaranteed admissions to unqualified or underqualified applicants, while those who had worked hard were waitlisted.
What makes this so insulting is that parents who can afford to shell out hundreds of thousands in bribes don’t need this for their kids.
Lori and her husband could have gifted their daughters $250,000 each and called it a day.
What 18-year-old would say no to that?
Instead, they allegedly broke laws and paid major bribes to give Olivia and Isabella the college "experience."