Cheating on college scams: Hallmark drops accused actress Lori Loughlin

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Lori Loughlin has appeared in two Hallmark series and several Hallmark films

The US TV network Hallmark has dropped one of its biggest stars, the Hollywood actress Lori Loughlin, because of her alleged role in a fraudulent college college.

The full house star has appeared on several projects for the network, including the drama When Calls the Heart.

She was among 50 people accused in a suspected criminal enterprise to take her children to the best US colleges.

The beauty brands Sephora and TREsemme have also split up with the daughter of Ms Loughlin, Olivia Jade Giannulli.

Ms. Loughlin is best known for playing Rebecca Katsopolis in the 1980s and '90s, the US sitcom Full House and her Netflix successor Fuller House.

In recent years, she has become a Hallmark brand name star, starring in the hit series When Calls the Heart, the Garage Sale Mystery movie series, and several Christmas movies.

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Loughlin (center) with her Full and Fuller House co-stars Jodie Sweetin (left) and Candace Cameron-Bure (right)

Crown Media Family Networks, which owns the Hallmark channel, said in a statement: "We are no longer working with Lori Loughlin and have stopped developing all productions [involving the actress] this air on the Crown Media Family Network channels. "

Her daughter Olivia Jade is a beauty vlogger and "influencer" in social media. Her make-up collaboration with US beauty chain Sephora had been removed from the company's website Thursday afternoon.

Shortly after Sephora's announcement, manufacturers of the TRESemme hair care line announced that they had also ended their relationship with the teenager. She has not yet responded to requests for comments.

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Loughlin and her daughters Isabella Rose Giannulli (left) and Olivia Jade Giannulli (right)

What is the fraudulent college?

The authorities say Ms. Loughlin and her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, paid $ 500,000 (£ 377,000) in bribes to allow her two daughters at the University of Southern California (USC) to join the rowing team, though neither participate in the sport.

They belong to more than 30 accused parents – many of whom are celebrities or executives – who reportedly paid a company up to $ 6.5 million (£ 4.9 million) to pass the students' entrance exams to cheat or bribe top teachers to offer fake sports scholarships.

Ms. Loughlin has been charged with conspiracy for fraudulent emails and honest services against emails.

She appeared in court on Wednesday and was given permission to travel to Canada for a film project.

Mr Giannulli was accused on Tuesday of the same allegations and had to deposit the family home as security to pay his $ 1 million (£ 754,000) bond.

The actress Felicity Huffman – who has allegedly paid $ 15,000 to participate in a fraudulent investigation – is also one of the accused parents.

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media labelingFelicity Huffman appeared on Tuesday in Los Angeles

Ms. Huffman was put into FBI custody on Tuesday and released for $ 250,000 in bail. She had to hand over her passport in court.

Yale, Stanford and Georgetown were among the targeted universities.

The colleges were not charged with misconduct and are investigating the matter internally.

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