In Boston, Lori Loughlin signs autographs, poses for pictures with fans ahead of college scam court appearance – The Boston Globe


FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2017 file photo, actress Lori Loughlin arrives at the 5th annual People Magazine "Ones To Watch" party in Los Angeles. The FBI says Loughlin has been taken into custody in connection with a scheme in which wealthy parents paid bribes to get their children into top colleges. FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller says Loughlin was in custody Wednesday morning in Los Angeles. She is scheduled to appear in court there in the afternoon. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Globe Staff 

It’s going to be a full house when Lori Loughlinappears in US District Court in the Seaport Wednesday, one of dozens of parents, coaches, and private admissions counselors charged in the college admissions scandal rocking the world of higher education.

The controversy surrounding Loughlin’s Boston visit didn’t stop the actress from signing autographs and posing for photos with fans outside her Back Bay hotel, according to People magazine.

Loughlin, the one-time star of “Full House,” and her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, are accused of participating the college bribery scheme, allegedly paying $500,000 to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California.


Loughlin and Giannulli flew into Logan Airport on a private plane on Tuesday, according to People. Loughlin, who in recent years reprised her role as Aunt Becky for the “Fuller House” reboot on Netflix, was greeted by fans at Logan, where she stopped to sign autographs, according to the Daily Mail.

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The 54-year-old actress — outfitted in a camel coat, wide-leg gray trousers, and mirrored sunglasses — was also spotted by fans outside her hotel in Copley Square where she signed autographs and posed for pictures. Photos show the actress grinning for cameras.

“Desperate Housewives” actress Felicity Huffman also is scheduled to appear in federal court in Boston Wednesday.

Huffman allegedly paid to have her daughter’s SAT scores doctored as part of the admissions scam. The scheme was overseen by William “Rick” Singer, who ran a private college counseling service called Edge College & Career Network LLC.

Singer cooperated with investigators and has pleaded guilty to charges in the scheme, which has seen wealthy parents from Cape Cod to Hollywood accused of paying as much as $6.5 million to help their children get into elite colleges. In some cases, private proctors oversaw testing to boost students’ scores. In others, coaches were allegedly bribed to admit students as recruits on athletic teams.

Material from the Boston Globe was used in this report. Hayley Kaufman can be reached at [email protected].

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