An Ongoing Scandal
Operation Varsity Blues has been one of the biggest scandals of 2019, and although the year is wrapping up, the drama is still ongoing. Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, pleaded not guilty to fraud, bribery and money laundering charges for paying $500,000 to scam orchestrator Rick Singer. The bribery helped get her daughters Isabella and Olivia Jade admitted into USC on the crew team, even though neither young woman had ever played the sport.
She Knew Their Shortcomings
In an attempt to prove their innocence, Loughlin and Gianulli's attorneys filed court documents at the Massachusetts U.S. District Court asking for FBI interview statements from Singer that they will help their case.
According to USA Today, "the request comes after the couple previously asked the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the interviews only to receive a letter summarizing their content. The letter was attached to the couple’s motion alleging that they need the full documents in order to have an adequate defense and fair trial."
In the letter, U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling wrote that "Lori Loughlin was in charge and told the couple’s daughters that they needed to do better in high school."
They Claim They Thought It Was Legal
The letter was a response to Loughlin and Gianulli's attorneys' requests for the government to hand over FBI's witness interviews. The attorneys claim that these "302" reports would prove Loughlin and Giannulli thought they were making legal and "legitimate donations" when they paid the massive bribe to Singer's nonprofit, the Key Worldwide Foundation, and USC.
Instead of handing over the complete reports, the prosecutors summarized their contents in the letter.
This definite seems to be contradicted by another statement from Singer, who warned them that a college counselor from the girls' high school, Marymount High School, could "could mess things up."
Going To Trial
Additionally, the couple lied and claimed that the girls rowed for a private team when asked why there was no record of them rowing crew for their school. Singer also told the FBI that the couple did not need to know the procedure the bribe for Olivia Jade because they had already done it for Isabella.
The attorneys are looking for information regarding "any statements by Singer as to what he precisely told his clients" in hopes that it helps them in the trial in 2020. However, the prosecution does not believe that anything they get from the documents will prove to be exculpatory in court.
Things are not looking great for Aunt Becky.