A federal judge Friday refused to dismiss the charges against Lori Loughlin and other parents accused of cheating to get their kids into their dream colleges. US District Judge Nathaniel Gorton rejected arguments that the FBI had fabricated evidence, and Loughlin remains scheduled to go to trial in October. She and her husband are charged with paying $500,000 to get their daughters into USC as rowing recruits, though neither girl was involved in the sport. The Full House actress and Giannulli insist that they believed the money was a legitimate donation. In their motion to dismiss, the couple had claimed the plot’s mastermind, Rick Singer, was told by his FBI handlers to trick parents into admitting the payments were bribes during wiretapped calls. Prosecutors say they never pressured Singer to lie — they asked him only to be more explicit about the donations being bribes when speaking with clients.
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