‘When Calls The Heart’: Lori Loughlin Faces Criminal Charges – Will Wholesome Hallmark Fire Her?

It’s a When Calls The Heart shocker this morning as Lori Loughlin was indicted on criminal charges. The beloved portrayer of Mayor Abigail Stanton faces serious accusations. She and 50 others allegedly engaged in a college admissions scam. Fans are stunned at the allegations. The frequent Hallmark network actress has yet to comment.

When Calls The Heart: Lori Loughlin Charged In Federal Court

The US Attorney in Massachusetts filed charges against the actress and others. Lori Loughlin, husband Mossimo Giannulli, and actress Felicity Huffman are on the list of alleged perpetrators. The state says more than $25 million in bribes were paid to cheat the system. The documents say rich parents paid their kids’ way into Ivy League schools.

Some individual bribes exceeded $6 million. There is no word when the accused persons will be arrested. Well-known for her role on Desperate Housewives, co-accused Felicity Huffman most recently appeared on the TV reboot of Get Shorty. Now, Lori Loughlin is filming Season Six of When Calls The Heart and appears on Fuller House.

WCTH Actress Accused

Federal prosecutors accused wealthy parents of bribing to get kids into fancy colleges. A “charity” called Key Worldwide Foundation is at the center of the drama. Parents allegedly made “donations” to that group. Then Key Worldwide reportedly distributed bribes to entrance-exam admins and university athletic directors, among others.

Allegations include bribing test directors to have other students take entrance exams on behalf of kids of the rich and famous. The When Calls The Heart star had two kids attend University of Southern California – a school named in the bribery scam. Interestingly, her daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli revealed on a podcast she didn’t even want to go to college, but her parents made her.

When Calls The Heart: Abigail Stanton (Lori Loughlin)

Future Uncertain for When Calls The Heart Actress

As of now, there is no reply from the WCTH actress or Hallmark on Lori Loughlin’s indictment. However, criminal charges can derail an acting career. Hallmark has a wholesome reputation so there’s no telling what they might do.

Many Hearties will unhappy if the popular character exits Hope Valley. So be sure to watch the Hallmark show in case these are Lori Loghlin’s final episodes as Abigail Stanton because of this scandal.

Check back with Soap Dirt as this story develops and for other When Calls The Heart updates.

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