After 50 people, including parents and coaches, were charged with crimes in a college-admissions scandal, prosecutors appear to be targeting students. A lawyer involved in the case says that some children of the parents who were charged in the scandal have received letters notifying them that they could be targets of a criminal probe, reports the New York Times. Federal prosecutors have that some of the young people involved in the case were oblivious to what their parents were doing, while others were not. “At times, the students were in on it,” said federal prosecutor Eric Rosen.
More than a dozen parents, including actress Lori Loughlin, have pleaded not guilty to the charges against them. Loughlin’s plea on Monday was made a week after 13 other parents, including actress Felicity Huffman, indicated that they would plead guilty. Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, who also pleaded not guilty, are accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to ensure that their daughters would be admitted to the University of Southern California. The young women were labelled as recruits for the women’s crew team, though they did not participate in the sport, prosecutors charge. Among others pleading not guilty were Gamal Abdelaziz, a senior executive of a resort and casino operator; I-Hsin “Joey” Chen, a provider of warehousing and other services for the shipping industry; and Douglas Hodge, former chief executive of Pimco, a large bond fund manager.