Two more defendants in the college admissions scandal — a former University of Southern California soccer coach and a parent — have agreed to plead guilty and help with the investigation, according to federal prosecutors and court documents filed Tuesday.
One-time USC assistant coach Laura Janke, 36, will plead guilty to conspiracy to commit racketeering while former insurance title executive Toby MacFarlane, 56, is set to admit to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, prosecutors in Boston announced.
Janke helped MacFarlane falsely pass off his daughter as a soccer star and his 5-foot-5 son as a 6-foot-1 basketball recruit, so they could get into USC, prosecutors said. MacFarlane paid $450,000 into funds controlled by ring leader Rick Singer and Jenke in exchange for their help with the college admissions.
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MacFarlane’s daughter graduated from USC in 2018 without ever playing soccer while his son was admitted to USC but withdrew from the school without ever playing basketball.
“Full House” star Loughlin, her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, and 15 other defendants filed court papers Monday asking a judge to suspend all “substantive motions” until a June 3 pretrial hearing.
Their defense lawyers want prosecutors to turn over more of their evidence before the case can go forward.
David K. Li
David K. Li is a breaking news reporter for NBC News.