U.S. actress Lori Loughlin, known from the TV series Full House and others, has been sentenced to two months in jail for participating in a conspiracy to bribe students to get a place at an elite university.
The couple paid a bribe to get their two daughters at the prestigious University of Southern California (USC). The girls were part of the university’s rowing team on paper. They didn’t practice that sport at all, but thanks to this so-called sports talent they were able to circumvent the strict admission requirements of the USC.
In this way, children of wealthy parents were enrolled at several prestigious American universities. Some fifty people were indicted for the bribery conspiracy, including sports coaches and university administrative staff. At the heart of the story was an agency that facilitated the fraud.