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Prosecutors for Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli’s case in the college admissions scandal have released photos allegedly showing their daughters pretending to be rowers to secure themselves a position at the University of Southern California.
Fox News obtained court documents filed by the FBI on Wednesday that include images allegedly depicting the famous couple’s daughters, Isabella and Oliva-Jade Giannulli, dressed in workout gear on an ERG machine in order to make their admission to the university as rowers more believable.
Neither of the two girls had previously participated in the sport.
The documents also include email correspondence between Mossimo and scam mastermind William “Rick” Singer in which they discuss staging the photos in an effort to sell the lie to the university.
The documents show that in August of 2016, Singer sent Loughlin and Giannulli an email explaining that he was in the process of creating a coxswain portfolio for one of their daughters and noted that, “it would probably help to get a picture with her on an ERG in workout clothes like a real athlete too.”
Giannulli responded: “Fantastic. Will get all.”
The documents indicate he emailed a photo of one of his daughters on Sept. 7, 2016.
In July of 2017, Giannulli sent a photo of his other daughter to Singer, this time cc’ing Loughlin on the thread.
Allegedly faking the crew profile was just one part of the couple’s alleged involvement in the ongoing scandal. They’ve also been accused of issuing bribes to key figures at USC through Singer.
Loughlin and Giannulli previously pleaded not guilty to expanded charges of bribery brought against them in October along with 11 other parents swept up in the scandal. The duo has been accused of arranging a total collective payment of $500,000 to Singer to get their daughters recruited to USC as athletes on the crew team, despite never having participated in the sport.
However, the couple’s defense attorneys argue that they were under the impression the money they were giving Singer was going to legitimate donations to the university rather than outright bribery.
The couple’s defense also alleged that the prosecution was withholding evidence that Singer was instructed to lie to Loughlin and Giannulli about where the money was going for fear it was exonerating to their clients. However, the prosecution is denying both that it acted in bad faith and that the evidence is at all exonerating.
The charge of conspiracy to commit federal program bribery carries a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. The couple was previously hit with charges of money laundering and conspiracy that could land them behind bars for 40 years if convicted on all of them.