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As Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli await trial, new details have emerged regarding the extent of their alleged crimes, including allegations that Giannulli alluded to his illegal activities in an email to his accountant.
Loughlin, 55, and Giannulli, 56, are among dozens of wealthy parents who are facing a slew of charges for allegedly participating in a college admissions bribery scheme in order to secure spots for their children in highly sought-after universities. The couple is alleged to have paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to help their two daughters get admitted to the University of Southern California as crew team recruits, despite neither playing the sport in high school.
A federal indictment obtained by PEOPLE sheds new light on the process, with prosecutors alleging that the man who orchestrated the multi-level plot, William “Rick” Singer, emailed Loughlin and Giannulli and told them that he needed them to send over their daughter Isabella Rose’s high school transcripts and test scores “very soon while I create a coxswain portfolio for her.”
“It would probably help to get a picture of her on an ERG in workout clothes like a real athlete,” he is also alleged to have said. A coxswain is a role within a crew team and an ERG is an indoor rowing machine often used by competitive rowers.
The indictment allegedly claims that Giannulli then responded, “Fantastic. Will get all.”
After Isabella Rose was admitted to USC as a crew team recruit, Giannulli received a $200,000 invoice from Singer’s accountant, which he then forwarded to his accountant, according to CNN. Giannulli allegedly referred to his illegal efforts as “[working] the system,” writing alongside the forwarded invoice to his accountant, “Good news my daughter ... is in (U)SC ... bad is I had to work the system.”
Loughlin and Giannulli were accused earlier this year of paying Singer $500,000 to get their daughters into USC. They have been charged with conspiracy fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and conspiracy to commit federal programs bribery, and have pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The bribery charge is a recent addition, with the U.S. Department of Justice announcing in a press release Tuesday that the couple and nine others had been hit with the additional charge for allegedly having “conspired to commit federal program bribery by bribing employees of the University of Southern California (USC) to facilitate their children’s admission."
The USC Registrar confirmed to multiple outlets on Monday that neither Olivia Jade nor Isabella Rose are currently enrolled at the university. They were still attending as recently as March — around the time the university announced that they’d be reviewing the cases of students whose parents were implicated in the bribery scheme — but, due to student privacy laws, the school did not clarify whether the Giannulli daughters had been kicked out or left of their own accord.
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