Fuller House star Lori Loughlin Wednesday was taken into custody and released on $1 million bond on charges of participating in a college admissions bribery scheme.
Loughlin, 54, was released on $1 million bond Wednesday after appearing in Los Angeles federal court in connection with federal charges that she and her husband Mossimo Giannulli allegedly paid bribes in an effort to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California. Loughlin will have to appear in court in Boston on March 29, according to published reports.
Loughlin turned herself in to FBI authorities earlier in the day as part of the sweeping college admissions scandal, in which more than 30 other people -- including Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman -- were also arrested and charged.
Loughlin was allowed to retain her passport and travel to Canada where she is currently filming a project, according to USA Today.
While Loughlin is arguably best known for her role as Rebecca Donaldson on the 1990's sitcom Full House -- as well as Netflix’s recent reboot of the series Fuller House -- she’s more recently become one of family-targeted Hallmark Network’s most recognizable stars. She’s appeared in several of Hallmark’s ratings-strong, Christmas-themed movies, including last year’s Homegrown Christmas and 2016's Every Christmas Has a Story.
Loughlin also stars in Hallmark’s drama series When Calls the Heart, now in its sixth season, as well as Hallmark Mysteries and Movies’ film series Garage Sale Mysteries.
Neither Netflix nor the Crown Media-owned Hallmark Channel -- whose family-friendly programming fare appeals to women across multiple age groups -- would comment on the matter.
Computer company HP has pulled a 2017 advertisement featuring Loughlin and her daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli due to the scandal, according to Fortune.
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