College Admissions Scandal

Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, were only dealt with a setback in their legal case after a judge refused to dismiss charges against the couple as well as other prominent parents accused of cheating on the college admissions process, who claimed they had been trapped by the federal authorities.

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton denied the defense’s request to throw the charge over claims of FBI agents’ harassment. The judge also refused their request to block investigators from putting out other illegally captured phone calls at trial.

Loughlin, 55, and Giannulli, 56, are set to go on court in October on claims they paid $500,000 on hire their daughters as crew recruits at the University of Southern California, even though neither child was a rower. They refused bribery and claimed that they thought their donations were legal gifts.

An unnamed source close to Loughlin and Giannulli was claimed to have assumed earlier this week that the suspected wrongdoing on the part of federal prosecutors would eventually lead to the case being dropped.

Lori’s lawyers feel they have a very strong chance of having the charges dismissed because prosecutors withheld key

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evidence that Rick Singer was pressured by the FBI to lie in the course of his conversations with Lori,” the source explained to Us Weekly. “It was entrapment, misleading a defendant so that Rick could get a favorable sentence for his role. Rick was the mastermind in all of this.”

 The judge’s decision came after he asked the prosecutors to justify Singer’s iPhone notes — the suspected genius behind the hacking scam of admissions — as he was meeting secretly with the government in October 2018.

Lawyers for the famous couple argued that the whole case should be thrown out after Singer’s notes apparently showed that agents had urged him to lie to involve parents such as Loughlin and Giannulli in committing a criminal act.

The defense of the pair also argued that this testimony was suppressed by the prosecutors for fear it exonerated their clients. At the time, however, Variety reported that the prosecution denied both that it acted in bad faith in a new April 8 court filing and that the evidence is exonerating at all.

Singer wrote in his journal that prosecutors advised him to lie over captured phone calls to force parents to make incriminating comments. According to the notes made public in court documents, the officers told him to inform the parents the fees were gifts, rather than contributions.
The prosecution claimed the notes indicate that agents coerced Singer by tricking the parents into believing unfairly that the payments were bribes in making evidence.
Meanwhile, the investigators in the case refuted Singer’s attempt to lie and said they had told him to be more transparent for prospective clients who had not already passed the bribery scheme along.
Moreover, given what Singer wrote in his letters, the defense claimed that, when he published what he did, he had not yet completely accepted blame for his crimes. It also argued that a crime still occurred regardless of whether the money was called a “donation” or a “bribe.”

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JULY 27: Actress Lori Loughlin (C) and her daughters Isabella Rose (L) and Olivia Jade Giannulli (R) attend the Hallmark Channel And Hallmark Movies And Mysteries 2017 Summer TCA Tour at on July 27, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)

Singer pled guilty at the hearings and is supposed to be a key witness. In September 2018, he started cooperating with prosecutors and illegally registered his phone calls with parents in order to develop the case against them.
Loughlin and Giannulli earlier pleaded not guilty to the increased bribery charges filed against them in October 2019 along with nine other parents in the case.
The fraud penalty for committing bribes on the federal system carries a potential term of up to five years in jail and a fine of up to $250,000. The pair have recently been hit with accusations of money laundering and bribery that, if convicted of any of them, could put them 40 years behind bars.

Nearly two dozen parents have already pleaded guilty in the case, including former “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman. She served almost two weeks in prison after she admitted to paying $15,000 to have someone correct her daughter’s entrance exam answers.
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