Feds release photos that Lori Loughlin used to scam her daughters into USC
Federal prosecutors have released the photos they say helped Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli scam their daughters’ way into the University of Southern California.
The photos, part of new court documents filed Wednesday as part of the FBI’s case and obtained by People, show Olivia Jade, now 20, and Isabella Rose, 21, their faces blurred, in workout attire on ERG rowing machines.
Giannulli, 56, emailed Isabella’s photo to the scandal’s mastermind, William “Rick” Singer, on Sept. 7, 2016, prosecutors say in court documents obtained by the outlet.
Giannulli sent the image after Singer told him, “It would probably help to get a picture with her on an ERG in workout clothes like a real athlete too,” according to prosecutors.
Giannulli responded, “Fantastic. Will get all,” prosecutors said.
After Isabella was accepted, prosecutors say Giannulli emailed his financial advisor, “Good news my [older] daughter is in [U]SC bad [news] is I had to work the system,” according to People.
Less than a year later, on July 28, 2017, Giannulli sent Singer Olivia’s rowing photos, with Loughlin, 55, copied, according to prosecutors
Neither daughter was ever involved in rowing, authorities said.
In addition to the photos, Loughlin and Giannulli are accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to secure their daughters’ admission.
The photos were released in response to Loughlin’s attorneys filing a motion to dismiss her criminal case based on the actress’ claim investigators bullied Singer into lying and then concealed evidence that would bolster the parents’ claims of innocence.
Both Giannulli and Loughlin have pleaded not guilty. They are scheduled to go on trial in October.
Six other wealthy parents accused of participating in the scheme will stand trial alongside them. Another six parents are scheduled to face trial in January.
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