Lori Loughlin, other parents lose bid to dismiss US college scam charges

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    By Nate Raymond

    BOSTON – A federal judge on Friday declined to dismiss the charges against “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin and other wealthy parents awaiting trial in the US college admissions scandal after they accused investigators of fabricating evidence.

    US District Judge Nathaniel Gorton in Boston accepted the explanations prosecutors provided to counter allegations by defense lawyers that investigators pushed a cooperating witness to lie and trick parents into making incriminating statements.

    That witness was William “Rick” Singer, a college admissions consultant who has admitted to orchestrating a vast scheme to use bribery and other forms of fraud to help wealthy parents get their children into top schools.

    “The court is satisfied that government’s counsel has not lied to or attempted to mislead the court or fabricated evidence,” Gorton wrote.

    Gorton said he also would not bar prosecutors from introducing at trial secretly recorded calls Singer placed to the parents.

    Defense lawyers did not respond to requests for comment or declined to comment.

    Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are set to face trial in October with six other parents.

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