Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli brought the horse to water, but it just would not drink.
The embattled couple is currently facing up to five years in prison for falsely presenting their daughters as crew recruits at the University of Southern
There were early signs however that the investment made by the two might not yield great returns, especially when their younger daughter Olivia decided to skip the first week of her freshman year and fly off to
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Legally abscond: Olivia Giannulli (above in an Amazon sponsored photo shoot in her dorm) flew to Fiji for a press trip with other social media influencers instead of attending her first week of college
Holla at the scholar: She made no secret of the trip, posting photos daily to her Instagram account and later uploading a YouTube video from the trip (Olivia above in Fiji)
Olivia arrived at her dorm back on August 16 of last year, posting a photo of herself with a few other social media personalities after moving in just a few days before her first day of classes.
She and her pals did not spend long checking out the campus however, as one day after classes began Olivia posted a photo of herself in Fiji.
She remained in Fiji for the entire first week of classes, and made no secret of the trip.
Olivia posted daily on her Instagram account, with galleries that showed her posing on the tropical island while her fellow co-eds were stuck in class.
‘Honeymoon season,’ she wrote on a post of her and fellow YouTube personality Emma Chamberlain running down the beach.
The next day she was posing in a straw hat behind some palm leaves, writing: ‘I like you Fiji, I like you a lot.’
The trip was funded by shopping app Dote, who flew a number of social media influencers to the island in exchange for promotional posts.
In addition to her Instagram snaps, Olivia also filmed a video of her trip which she uploaded when she returned to school.
She also got to work by doing a dorm room photo shoot with Teen Vogue, in partnership with Amazon.
Those partnerships and trips are a thing of the past now after this scandal.
Sephora and TRESemmé both dropped Olivia, and she has also reportedly put the brakes on her college career.
Overnight she has gone from a college student making upwards of seven figures a year to an unemployed drop out.
On the move: Olivia jade posted a photo of herself moving into her dorm on August 16 in which she was joined by other social media influences
Cut it out: Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli (above with Olivia after her graduation in June) allegedly used Singer to get both daughters into USC
Drama: There was a very heated and public altercation between Giannulli and the counselor, which elicited an email from Dr Heinel (above)
Loughlin and Giannulli ‘agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team – despite the fact that they did not participate in crew – thereby facilitating their admission to USC,’ according to the documents.
The couple emailed Singer in 2016 about their daughters college prospects, stating that they wanted to do the necessary work to see that the girls got into USC as opposed to ASU.
Emails obtained by investigators revealed that it was soon decided that bribes would be paid to have the girls recruited as crew coxswains.
A short time after that, photos were taken of older daughter Isabella on an ergometer.
Dr. Donna Heinel, the senior associate athletic director at USC, presented Isabella as a potential athletic recruit a month later and she was approved for conditional admission.
It was then asked that a check be sent to Heinle for $50,000 from Giannulli, who a short time later asked if he could mention the story to the athletic director at USC when the two men were at Augusta, likely playing at the famed golf club.
Singer stated that this was not a good idea because when he discussed the possibility of Isabella’s admission with him a year he thought the family ‘would be good for a million plus.’
Isabella received her admission letter the following March, which was followed by another note requesting a donation of $200,000 to Key Worldwide Foundation.
After the amount was wired to the organization a note was returned that stated no good or services had been exchanged for the money, which according to the documents is false.
This same exact process was then repeated with the young daughter, Olivia, it is claimed.
Problems arose however when Olivia’s guidance counselor became curious as to how she managed to receive admission based on her involvement in crew since she did not row.
At the same time, Loughlin complained that her daughter was having difficulty filling out her other college applications, prompting Singer to ask an employee to take care of that task.
This was done so as not to draw attention to the fact that it was already confirmed that she had received conditional admission to the school.
Then, at some point, there was a very heated and public altercation between Giannulli and the counselor, which elicited an email from Dr Heinel asking that this not happen in the future so as to avoid detection.
This all began to fall apart in October 2018 when the IRS audited Key Worldwide and began to look into donations made by parents whose children were then admitted to USC.
The two were told by Singer to say they had given the money to help ‘underserved kids.’