Lori Loughlin’s fashion designer husband lied to his own parents about going to USC and forged tuition bills to encourage them to give him money – which he then pocketed
- Lori Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli are both accused of paying bribes
- A profile has revealed how Giannulli lied to his parents about going to college
- He tricked his father into sending him money for tuition, which he then pocketed
Lori Loughlin’s fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli, who has been accused alongside his actress wife of paying bribes to get their daughters into university, lied to his own parents about going to college and produced fake report cards to convince his father to send him money for tuition.
Giannulli, 55, and Loughlin, 54, said this week that they intended to plead not guilty to accusations that they got their daughters into the University of Southern California with bribes.
A recently resurfaced profile has now revealed how Gianulli tricked his own parents into thinking that he was attending the elite school in the 1980s, pocketing the money they sent him in support.
Lori Loughlin’s fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli (pictured together) lied to his parents about going to college, forging tuition bills and report cards
The profile, written in 2016 on the fashion blog The Hundreds, shares how Gianulli persuaded his father to pay by producing fake tuition bills.
He told the blog: ‘SC was expensive, so that was how I was starting my company. I used all that cash.’
The profile adds, however, that Giannulli did attend some classes while living in a fraternity house at the school.
USC confirmed to CNN that Giannulli attended during the spring semester of 1984, but not as a fully enrolled student.
Gianulli persuaded his parents to give him money – which he then pocketed
Instead, hee went to the College of Continuing Education, which is a non-degree program open to anyone and has ‘no formal admissions requirements.’
Those students were given ‘visitor status’ on campus.
Giannulli’s daughter Olivia Jade has previously spoken about her father’s ‘crazy’ college time.
She said: ‘I don’t know if I am supposed to say this, sorry dad. But [he] was like never enrolled in college, he faked his way through it. Yeah, so then he started his whole business with tuition money that his parents thought was going to college.’
Gianulli and Loughlin, alongside more than a dozen other parents, were indicted last week on charges of mail fraud and money laundering conspiracy in the college admissions scandal which has gripped the nation.
The Full House star and husband Giannulli each face up to 40 years in prison for allegedly paying $500,000 to get their daughters, Olivia and Isabella, into USC, as rowing crew recruits, even though neither is a rower.
They haven’t publicly addressed the allegations against them.
Gianulli and Loughlin (pictured with daughter Olivia Jade), alongside more than a dozen other parents, were indicted last week on charges of paying bribes to get their daughters into college
Fullest house: One of Lori Loughlin’s daughters received a target letter from the Department of Justice announcing that they were the subject of a criminal probe (l to r: Olivia, Lori, Massimo and Isabella)
Sister, sister: The ‘DOJ is making it pretty clear that they have evidence that very strongly suggests she knew of the illegal plot’ said another source (l to r: Olivia and Isabella)
DailyMail.com revealed that Loughlin and Giannulli turned down a plea deal which would have drastically reduced their sentences because they thought prosecutors were ‘bluffing’ when they said they could end up behind bars.
Multiple sources have also told DailyMail.com that one of their daughters received a target letter from federal prosecutors in Massachusetts earlier this month regarding the investigation.
That letter informed the embattled University of Southern California student that she was the subject of an investigation which could result in criminal charges.
No students have been charged or arrested at this point in the investigation, but court documents make it clear that some of the youngsters were aware of the illegal actions being carried out in their behalf.