The grand jury in the District of Massachusetts returned new charges against 11 of the 15 defendants in the college admission scandal on Oct. 22.
These defendants, including Lori Loughlin, Mossimo Giannulli, and Robert Zangrillo, will now face additional charges of conspiracy to commit federal program bribery, according to the indictment. Zangrillo and three others will also face charges of wire fraud and honest services wire fraud. None of them have pleaded guilty.
These charges are different than the previous bribery charges the defendants are currently facing. The previous charges allege the parents conspired to bribe entities outside USC in an attempt to get their children accepted into the university, including William “Rick” Singer, the mastermind behind the scheme who has pleaded guilty.
The new charges accuse the parents of bribing people directly associated with USC. The indictment alleges the defendants bribed university officials to designate their children as athletic recruits or members of other favored admissions categories.
According to the indictment, USC receives more than $10,000 annually in federally assistance, allowing it to be classified as a federal program and for the parents to face these additional charges.
The new charges of conspiracy to commit federal program bribery provide for a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater.
USC Registrar released a statement Monday that Olivia Jade Giannulli and Isabella Rose Giannulli, who are daughters of Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli, are not currently enrolled at USC. The university said it can not provide additional information because of student privacy laws and direct more information to the FAQ website.