My only suggestion to these two American citizens is, don’t do this.
Lori Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli are using the defense the individuals that lured them into committing a crime should be at fault and not them. I don’t know who is giving them advice, but either they aren’t listening, or they are hearing their friends give them other bad advice.
Both adults have been caught up in the college admissions bribery scandal as they allegedly paid over $500,000 for their daughters to attend the University of Southern California on “rowing scholarships.”
Those that feel above the law will most likely be shown as the example. They think the judge is going to see things their way, but some of these judges tend to go by the law, and the ignorance of the law is no excuse.
“[Lori and her husband] claim they were under the impression they might be breaking rules, but not laws,” the source says. “They feel they were manipulated by those involved and are planning that as part of their defense.”
“They realize how serious the charges are, but feel that once the judge hears their story he will see they had no bad intentions,” the source adds.
Loughlin and Giannulli are accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to get their daughters, 19-year-old Olivia and 20-year-old Bella, admitted to the University of Southern California as recruits for the crew team, even though neither of them participated in the sport.
The couple pleaded not guilty to multiple charges, including a recently added superseding indictment on conspiring to commit fraud and money laundering.
“They in no way felt they were money laundering,” the source says. “They thought the money would be used for a donation and to benefit the school. Even so, this has been one of the toughest decisions of Lori‘s life.” [ET Online]
So they knew it was wrong and did it. Doesn’t that make it to where they should get the long end of the sentencing guidelines?
Lori Loughlin stars in a new series “Victims and Alternative Facts.”
Her younger daughter, Olivia Jade, bragged about hardly every attending the expensive elite high school that her parents sent her to for four years. She was too busy with her youtube career as a “social influencer” since she was 14.
And if you listen to Olivia Jade speak on any of her youtube videos, you will see how evident it is that she doesn’t have beyond an 8th-grade education. She even earned her high school diploma under false pretenses, but no one is even mentioning that. Aunt Becky likely paid the head of the fancy high school to ignore that fact that her daughter hardly showed up but passed her through the system anyway with a diploma at the end.
They still don’t grasp the fact that they did was wrong. They wronged the kids that deserved those slots at USC. They wronged anyone who ever EARNED their degree at the University. They wronged the members of the sports team involved who didn’t ask for any of this exposure and were legitimately there to compete. They wronged their kids by fraudulently getting them admitted to the school. They wronged the SAT/ACT system. Those of us who attended college the RIGHT way wish they would come correct and accept their fate.
It’s sad they want to dig their heels and be right no matter what, even though they now know they have done wrong. Admit to it, say sorry, plead guilty, do time and learn from it and move on. They are just feeling scared now and they are not sure if their celebrity status will protect them!
Maybe they should call Martha Stewart for a reality check.