College Bribery Scheme: Lori Loughlin Released on $1 Million Bail, Granted Permission to Travel

Meaghan Darwish

UPDATED (3/14/2019):

After appearing in a Los Angeles court on Wednesday, March 13, Lori Loughlin's been released from custody on a $1 million dollar bond like her husband Mossimo Giannulli the day before.

According to Variety, Loughlin was also given permission to travel to Vancouver, BC despite initial reluctance from Judge Steve Kim who said, "I'm not comfortable giving her a passport for that kind of travel." Ultimately she was granted access to travel under the condition that she make the courts aware of her movements and duration of stay outside of the States.

How Will Lori Loughlin's Legal Drama Affect Hallmark's 'When Calls the Heart'?

How Will Lori Loughlin's Legal Drama Affect Hallmark's 'When Calls the Heart'?

The Hallmark series' lead was just indicted in a college bribery scheme, leaving her future with the series in question.

Loughlin works in Vancouver on several projects for the Hallmark Channel including their series When Calls the Heart.

ORIGINAL STORY (3/13/2019):

After news about the college admissions bribery scheme spread, actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin became the two faces of the case which involves dozens of parents.

On Tuesday, Huffman was arrested after the indictment and was ultimately released on a $250,000 bail bond. In the process, the American Crime star was ordered to hand over her passport at the Los Angeles federal court, according to Deadline.

Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin Indicted in College Admissions Scam

Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin Indicted in College Admissions Scam

The actresses are among 50 people named who allegedly paid as much as $6 million to get their kids into elite colleges.

As of now, Huffman is expected to appear before a Boston court on March 29 for her preliminary hearing. U. S. Magistrate Judge Alexander F. MacKinnon resided over her appearance on Tuesday as the Desperate Housewives alum answered to the charges. Huffman's husband — Shameless star William H. Macy, who was not named in the case — handed over his driver's license and other ID verification in the bail bond co-signing process.

Alongside the Emmy-winning actress in court Tuesday was Lori Loughlin's husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, who was also indicted for the scheme and was released on a $1 million bail. Loughlin, who was traveling, was not brought in on Tuesday, but surrendered herself to cops on Wednesday.

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'Full House' & 'Desperate Housewives' Fans React to Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman Indictment

The actresses are among 50 people allegedly involved in a college admissions bribery scheme.

The scheme involved wealthy parents using bribes to get their kids into elite schools such as Harvard, Yale, UCLA, and Georgetown among others. During their court appearance, both Huffman and Giannulli were given bail under the restriction that they would travel only within the continental US. Meanwhile, Loughlin requested for an allowance to travel to Canada as she works for Hallmark out of Vancouver, BC.

Massachusetts' District Attorney Andrew Lelling says the case is "the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice."

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As for the public response, it's been anything but pretty for those involved, and celebrities haven't held back their opinions on the matter. See some of their responses to the case in the roundup below.