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Fired Hallmark Star Pleads Not Guilty To Fraud And Bribing College Admissions Scam (VIDEO)

Crown Media Family Networks, the company that owns the Hallmark cable channel, stopped working with its “Garage Sale Mysteries” star, Lori Loughlin, after she was charged in a college admissions scandal, it said on Thursday.

“We are no longer working with Lori Loughlin and have stopped development of all productions that air on the Crown Media Family Network channels” involving the actress, the company said in a statement.

March 12, unsealed legal documents stated that the actress, Lori Loughlin, 54, was involved in a collegiate admissions scam, where she and other wealthy individuals payed up to $6.5 million to get their kids enrolled into high-profile D-1 universities. Loughlin was arrested along with actress Felicity Huffman, 56, for their involvement in the scandal. Huffman and 16 others have plead guilty to the charges.

There were two parts to the conspiracy, reports CNN:

“In the first part, parents allegedly paid a college prep organization to take the test on behalf of students or to correct their answers. Second, the organization allegedly bribed college coaches to help admit the students into college as recruited athletes, regardless of their actual abilities, prosecutors said.”

Huffman allegedly paid $15,000 to a fake charity to “facilitate cheating” for her daughter on the SATs, CNN reports. Meanwhile, Loughlin allegedly paid $500,000 worth of bribes to get her daughters recruited onto the USC crew team, even though they didn’t participate in crew and the older daughter’s grades were said to be below or at the “low end” of USC’s admissions standards.

Others charged in the criminal investigation included SAT and ACT test administrators, an exam proctor, college coaches, a college administrator, and 33 parents, according to CNN.

The coaches were from various prestigious institutions including Yale, Stanford, Georgetown, Wake Forest, the Wake Forest and the University of Texas, the University of Southern California UCLA, Associated Press reports.

Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli were accused on Tuesday of paying bribes of $500,000 in a scheme that involved cheating on college entrance exams to help their daughter and another daughter, Isabella Giannulli, get into the University of Southern California, according to court documents.

Loughlin and her husband were taken into federal custody and later released on separate $1 million bonds on Wednesday.

Lisa Duncan

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