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Lori Loughlin turns herself into the FBI in L.A. after flying back from Vancouver to face college bribery charges

  • Loughlin is now in the custody of FBI officials in Los Angeles 
  • She flew back to California from Vancouver some time after the news broke on Tuesday
  • Louglin's husband Mossimo Giannulli used their house as collateral for his $1million bond on Tuesday
  • The pair are accused of bribing college officials and coaches with $500,000 to get their daughters into USC 
  • Prosecutors say they lied and said the girls both rowed crew to get them in as recruits for the rowing team 
  • They face five years behind bars if convicted of felony conspiracy to commit mail fraud
  • Loughlin is due to appear before a judge a 2pm PT  

By Jennifer Smith For Dailymail.com

Published: 12:10 EDT, 13 March 2019 | Updated: 16:11 EDT, 13 March 2019

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Lori Loughlin (file image) is now in the custody of FBI agents in L.A.
Lori Loughlin (file image) is now in the custody of FBI agents in L.A.

Lori Loughlin (file image) is now in the custody of FBI agents in L.A. 

Lori Loughlin is now in the custody of FBI agents after handing herself in to authorities on Wednesday morning. 

Loughlin, 54, flew back from Vancouver, Canada, where she films for the Hallmark Channel, to face the charges sometime after the news broke on Tuesday. 

It is unclear if she spent the night in Canada or at home before she handed herself in.  

She will now be taken to a federal building where she'll be processed by federal marshals and will appear in court sometime in the afternoon. 

It is unclear if she was allowed to spend the night at home or if she flew overnight. 

She and her husband Mossimo Giannulli are accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to get their daughters Olivia Jade, 19, and Isabella, 20, into USC. 

Prosecutors say they pretended the girls rowed crew to pass them off as athletic recruits when neither was interested in the sport. 

They were charged along with Felicity Huffman and 47 others as part of an investigation called Operation Varsity Blues. 

Loughlin's husband used their house as collateral to make bail on Tuesday. 

Her attorney has asked the judge to allow her to continue traveling to Canada for work as part of her bail agreement but it is not yet known if they have agreed. 

All three are charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, a felony which carries a maximum sentence of five years behind bars. 

Huffman was released on a $250,000 bond on Tuesday. Her husband, the actor William H. Macy, was not indicted but he is described in the indictment as going along with the scheme to get their daughter Sofia into college. 

Mossimo Giannulli
Mossimo Giannulli
Felicity Huffman
Felicity Huffman

Loughlin's husband Mossimo Giannulli (left) was released on bond on Tuesday as was Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman (right)

Loughlin and her husband are accused of paying $500,000 to get their daughters Olivia (left) and Isabella (right) into USC
Loughlin and her husband are accused of paying $500,000 to get their daughters Olivia (left) and Isabella (right) into USC

Loughlin and her husband are accused of paying $500,000 to get their daughters Olivia (left) and Isabella (right) into USC 

Loughlin's husband put their home up as collateral for his bond to get out of jail on Tuesday
Loughlin's husband put their home up as collateral for his bond to get out of jail on Tuesday

Loughlin's husband put their home up as collateral for his bond to get out of jail on Tuesday 

The Loughlins fly a USC flag next to a USA flag at their property. Both their daughters were allegedly fraudulently admitted
The Loughlins fly a USC flag next to a USA flag at their property. Both their daughters were allegedly fraudulently admitted

The Loughlins fly a USC flag next to a USA flag at their property. Both their daughters were allegedly fraudulently admitted 

Prosecutors allege that Huffman paid $15,000 to have her daughter's SAT test proctored by Mark Riddell, who sat tests for children and sometimes corrected their answers, as part of the scheme. 

He also is accused of giving some students the answers while they were sitting the tests themselves. 

The scheme's 'mastermind' is Rick Singer who ran The Key, a college preparatory college which also had a charity attached to it. 

Rick Singer is the 'mastermind' behind the scheme. He cooperated with the FBI and is facing a maximum of 65 years behind bars
Rick Singer is the 'mastermind' behind the scheme. He cooperated with the FBI and is facing a maximum of 65 years behind bars

Rick Singer is the 'mastermind' behind the scheme. He cooperated with the FBI and is facing a maximum of 65 years behind bars 

It was through the charity which Singer funneled the payments from the parents. 

He described them as 'donations' then would use the money to pay Riddell and college test administrators in either Houston, Texas, or Los Angeles to facilitate the test cheating. 

In some cases, like in the Loughlins', he also allegedly paid college sports coaches to fraudulently recruit youngsters as athletes to get them in. 

Dozens of other wealthy parents were charged including the well known private equity investor Bill McGlashan who is said to have used the scheme to get his son into college. 

Others include a former Wynn Resorts executive, a New York City lawyer, a Napa Valley vineyard owner, a former TV executive and a woman who is heralded as a youth branding expert. 

Singer has cooperated with the authorities. He continued running the scheme under their instruction to implicate others. 

Now, he is facing 65 years behind bars. He has pleaded guilty to all of the counts he was charged with and is awaiting sentencing.

Other coaches are awaiting their court dates to enter pleas. 

THE FULL LIST OF PEOPLE CHARGED WITH COLLEGE ADMITTANCE SCAM

THE STARS

Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli spent $500,000 getting their two daughters into USC, according to prosecutors
Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli spent $500,000 getting their two daughters into USC, according to prosecutors

Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli spent $500,000 getting their two daughters into USC, according to prosecutors 

Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli

Actress Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo are among the three most well known names on the list. They have two daughters, Olivia, 20, Isabella, 19, and Mossimo also has a son from a previous relationship. It is not clear which of their children is in college.  

Olivia is a YouTube star who has amounted millions of fans online but she is also enrolled at USC, as is their 19-year-old daughter Isabella. 

They allegedly paid $50,000 to get their oldest daughter into USC under the guise that she was a crew coxswain when in fact she does not row crew. 

Felicity Huffman is accused of paying a $15,000 bribe to get her oldest daughter Sofia into USC
Felicity Huffman is accused of paying a $15,000 bribe to get her oldest daughter Sofia into USC

Felicity Huffman is accused of paying a $15,000 bribe to get her oldest daughter Sofia into USC 

Felicity Huffman 

Huffman is best known for her role on Desperate Housewives. 

She is married to fellow actor William H. Macy but he has not been charged in the indictment. 

The pair have two daughters, Sofia, 18, and Georgia, 16.

Huffman is accused of paying $15,000  to have her daughter's exam proctored by Mark Riddell. 

Riddell was described by authorities as 'just a really smart guy' who would either sit tests for students, change their answers afterwards or help them actively while they took it in one of two test centers that was 'controlled' by the scheme's 'mastermind' Rick Singer. 

Huffman allegedly used the scheme in December 2017 but the indictment does not specify how Riddell allegedly helped her daughter. 

She considered using it for her youngest daughter, Georgia, but decided in the end that she did not need to, according to authorities.  

THE COLLEGE PROFESSORS, COACHES AND 'MASTERMIND'

Rick Singer ran The Key, a college preparation business
Rick Singer ran The Key, a college preparation business

Rick Singer ran The Key, a college preparation business 

William Rick Singer, the 'mastermind' 

Singer is accused of leading the scam. 

He led a college counseling program and, according to prosecutors, also ran a fake charity through which he funneled bribes.

The scam worked in two ways; he would have people come into the exam to correct students' answers and he also then bribed sports coaches to offer them scholarships, in some cases for sports they did not even play. 

Singer cooperated with authorities as part of the investigation and continued taking bribes after he had been contacted by police. 

Some of his conversations were recorded by police who obtained a wire tap to listen in. He is facing a maximum of 65 years behind bars and has pleaded guilty on all counts he was charged with. 

It remains unclear if he will be given leniency given his cooperation. 

Rudolph Meredith 

Meredith is a women's soccer coach at Yale. In his bio on the college's website, he is heralded as the 'winningest' coach, with 24 seasons under his belt. 

Mark Riddell 

Riddell is the director of IMG Academy , a college entrance exam preparation company.  

Rudolph Meredith, the women's soccer coach at Yale
Rudolph Meredith, the women's soccer coach at Yale
Mark Riddell, the director of IMG Academy
Mark Riddell, the director of IMG Academy

Rudolph Meredith, the women's soccer coach at Yale (left) and Mark Riddell, director of IMG Academy 

John Vandemoer 

Vandemoer is the head sailing coach at Stanford.   

Gordon Ernst 

Ernst is the head of women's tennis at the University of Rhode Island. 

He taught at Georgetown in the past and worked as a personal tennis coach for Michelle Obama and her daughters, Sasha and Malia, while they were in the White House. 

John Vandemoer is the head sailing coach at Stanford
John Vandemoer is the head sailing coach at Stanford
Gordie Ernst was Michelle Obama's private tennis coach when she was First Lady. He is now the head of women's tennis at the University of Rhode Island.
Gordie Ernst was Michelle Obama's private tennis coach when she was First Lady. He is now the head of women's tennis at the University of Rhode Island.

John Vandemoer (left) is the head sailing coach at Stanford. Gordie Ernst was Michelle Obama's private tennis coach when she was First Lady. He is now the head of women's tennis at the University of Rhode Island.

Igor Dvorskiy

Dvorskiy is the president of the West Hollywood College Preparatory School and he worked at the West Hollywood Test Center

Niki Williams 

Williams worked as a test administrator at one of the test centers Singer told parents he 'controlled'.  

Houmayoun Zadeg

Homa H Zadeh is a professor at USC. He is the Associate Professor and Director, Advanced Education Program in Periodontology. 

Michael Center

Center is the men's soccer coach at the University of Texas.  

Homa H. Zadeh, a profesor at USC
Homa H. Zadeh, a profesor at USC
Michael Center, the men's soccer coach at University of Texas
Michael Center, the men's soccer coach at University of Texas

Homa H Zadeh (left) is a professor at USC. Michael Center (right) is the men's soccer coach at the University of Texas.

Donna Heinel 

Heinel is the senior women's athletics director at USC. She is alleged to have accepted a $50,000 from Lori Loughlin and her husband, among others, for admitting fraudulent tests.

Laura Janke 

Janke is a former assistant soccer coach at USC. She allegedly took payment from Loughlin and her husband for their youngest daughter. 

Donna Heinel is the senior athletic director at USC
Donna Heinel is the senior athletic director at USC
Laura Janke is a former assistant soccer coach at USC
Laura Janke is a former assistant soccer coach at USC

Donna Heinel (left) is the senior athletic director at USC. Laura Janke (right) is a former assistant soccer coach

Ali Khosroshahin 

Khosroshahin is the head women's soccer coach at USC. 

Jovan Vavic

Vavic is the head coach for the men's and women's water polo teams at USC. 

Ali Khosroshahin is the head women's soccer coach at USC
Ali Khosroshahin is the head women's soccer coach at USC
Jovan Vavic is the head of men's and women's water polo teams at USC
Jovan Vavic is the head of men's and women's water polo teams at USC

Ali Khosroshahin (left) is the head of women's soccer at USC and Jovan Vavic is the head of the men's and women's water polo teams at USC 

PARENTS 

Bill McGlashan  

McGlashan is a prolific private equity investor who is the founder and managing partner of the firm TPG Growth. 

He is also at the helm of The Rise Fund, a social impact fund he launched with Bono. 

Gregory and Marcia Abbott 

New York couple Gregory and Marcia Abbott, 68 and 59, were also named. 

Gregory Abbott is the founder and chairman of International Dispensing Corp., a successful food and beverage packaging company. 

The couple, who have homes in New York City and Aspen, Colorado, allegedly paid a total of $125,000 to have someone take the ACT and SAT subject tests for their daughter so she could gain entrance to Duke University. 

Bill McGlashan
Bill McGlashan
Gregory Abbott
Gregory Abbott

Bill McGlashan and Gregory Abbott are pictured

Gamal Abdelaziz

Abdelaziz stepped down as president and COO of Wynn Resorts in 2016.

He is accused of bribing Donna Heinel, the senior women's athletics director at USC, to recruit his daughter for the basketball team in 2017. 

According to court documents, his daughter played high school basketball but was not gifted enough to get recruited as an athlete so he arranged for her to be one.  

He then made a $300,000 'donation' to the fictitious charity run by 'ringleader' Rick Singer and then made monthly $20,000 payments directly to Heinel. 

His daughter got into the college but never joined the basketball team, according to the documents. 

In a phone call with the fixer, they said: 'I’m not going to tell the IRS anything about the fact that your $300,000 was paid to Donna-- Donna Heinel at USC to get [your daughter] into school even though she wasn’t a legitimate basketball player at that level.'   

Jane Buckingham 

Buckingham is the owner of the now defunct market research firm, Youth Intelligence.  She sold the company in 2003. 

She is charged in the scheme for allegedly paying $50,000 to have someone else take her son's ACT exam in July 2018 because he had tonsilitis. 

Buckingham sent a handwriting sample for her son to a test taker and had him take a fake exam at home so he wouldn't know about the fraud, court documents indicate. 

Gamal Abdelaziz
Gamal Abdelaziz
Jane Buckingham
Jane Buckingham

Gamal Abdelaziz, the president and COO of Wynn Resorts (left) and Jane Buckingham, the owner of the now defunct market research firm Youth Intelligence 

Gordon Caplan

Caplan is a financial attorney and partner at the firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York City. He lives in Connecticut.

He allegedly paid $75,000 to have Singer arrange a proctor to corrected his daughter's answers after she took the ACT in November or December 2018. 

Robert Flaxman 

Flaxman is the CEO, Co-founder, Crown Realty & Development, Inc, a real estate company based in Orange County. 

Gordon Caplan
Gordon Caplan
Robert Flaxman
Robert Flaxman

Gordon Caplan (left) is a financial attorney and partner at the firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York City. Robert Flaxman (right) is the CEO, Co-founder, Crown Realty & Development

Agustin Huneeus 

Vineyard owner Huneeus owns a range of wines that are produced in Napa Valley. 

He allegedly participated in both the college entrance exam cheating scheme and the college recruitment scheme for his daughter in 2017 and 2018 by conspiring to bribe Heinel and Jovan Vavic, the USC water polo coach, to facilitate his daughter’s admission to USC as a purported water polo recruit, according to the indictment. 

Elisabeth Kimmel
Elisabeth Kimmel
Agustin Huneeus
Agustin Huneeus

Elisabeth Kimmel is the former president of Midwest Television. She sold it in 2017 for $325million. Agustin Huneeus, whose family owns vineyards in Napa Valley, was also charged 

Elisabeth Kimmel 

Kimmel, of Las Vegas, Nevada, is the former president of Midwest Television. She sold it in 2017 for $325million. 

She allegedly used the scheme to get her daughter into Georgetown and her son into USC by pretending the former was a tennis player and the latter was a pole vaulter. 

Lis and Manuel Henriquez
Lis and Manuel Henriquez

Lis and Manuel Henriquez 

Kimmel ultimately facilitated $475,000 in payments to KWF, according to the affidavit.  

Toby MacFarlane 

MacFarlane and his wife Christy are well known on the San Diego social and charity circuit. 

He sits on the board of multiple companies and the family has their own trust but it is not exactly clear what he does. 

Elizabeth and Manuel Henriquez

Marjorie Klapper 

Diane and Todd Blake 

I-Hsin "Joey" Chen  

Amy and Gregory Colburn 

Marci Palatella 

Peter Jan Sartorio 

Stephen Semprevivo 

Devin Sloane 

John Wilson

Robert Zangrillo 

Steven Masera 

William Ferguson 

Martin Fox

Jorge Salcedo 

Bruce and Davina Isackson 

Mikaela Sanford

David Sidoo

Michelle Janavs   

Douglas Hodge 

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