Lori Loughlin’s husband apparently wasn’t happy when his daughter’s rowing credentials were questioned.
Olivia Jade‘s high school guidance counselor is being called as a witness in the college admissions case against her parents, TooFab has exclusively learned.
The Marymount High School staff member was involved in an incident with the teenager’s father Mossimo Gianulli, after he questioned Olivia Jade’s supposed rowing credentials, according to the Department of Justice.
Mossimo and wife Lori Loughlin stand accused of paying scam mastermind Rick Singer $500,000 to sneak their daughters into the University of Southern California through the "side door" by pretending they were athletes.
During discussions with admissions staff at USC, the counselor learned that Olivia’s older sister Isabella had applied to the college as part of the rowing team — which came as a surprise as Marymount itself didn’t have one.
Singer, a co-operating witness in the case against his own scheme, told the Justice Department that the counselor "did not believe that either of the Giannulli daughters participated in crew, and was concerned that their applications may have contained misleading information."
The counselor questioned Olivia Jade about her sister’s athletic recruitment in late 2017 — and her fashion designer dad apparently wasn’t too happy about it, according to the DOJ complaint.
An email sent from the counselor to Mossimo on April 12 of last year detailed an "encounter" between the two, in which Mossimo came in person to the school to express — completely unfounded — concerns about USC pulling his daughter’s acceptance, and to insist that she was a rower.
"I wanted to provide you with an update on the status of [your younger daughter’s] admission offer to USC," the email reads. "First and foremost, they have no intention of rescinding [her] admission and were surprised to hear that was even a concern for you and your family. You can verify that with [the USC senior assistant director of admissions] . . . if you would like."
"I also shared with [the USC senior assistant director of admission] that you had visited this morning and affirmed for me that [your younger daughter] is truly a coxswain."
Giannulli lives within a few doors of the elite all-girls Catholic LA high-school, which also counts the Kardashian sisters among its alumni.
That very same day Donna Heinel, the former USC senior associate athletic director who was fired in March after being indicted in connection with the college admissions scandal, left Singer a voicemail raising concerns about parents coming down to Marymount to "yell at counselors", warning it could "shut everything down".
"I just want to make sure that, you know, I don’t want the — the parents getting angry and creating any type of disturbance at the school," she said in her voicemail. "I just want to make sure those students . . . if questioned at the school that they respond in a[n] appropriate way that they are, walk-on candidates for their respective sports. They’re looking forward to trying out for the team and making the team when they get here. OK? That’s what I just want to make sure of."
"So I just don’t want anybody going into . . . [the Giannuli’s daughter’s high school], you know, yelling at counselors. That’ll shut everything — that’ll shut everything down," she said according to court documents.
Loughlin also appeared to refer to the counselor when she sent Singer an email asking for help with Olivia Jade’s USC formal application, calling him "our little friend" at Marymount.
"[Our younger daughter] has not submitted all her colleges [sic] apps and is confused on how to do so," she wrote, according to the DOJ complaint. "I want to make sure she gets those in as I don’t want to call any attention to [her] with our little friend at [her high school]. Can you tell us how to proceed?"
Giannulli and Loughlin have pleaded not guilty to the charges of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, and honest services mail and wire fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years.
After refusing a plea deal, they had the charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering tacked on, which potentially carries an additional 20 years behind bars if found guilty.
An initial status conference is set for June 3rd. Olivia Jade’s former high school counselor will be summonsed when it eventually goes to trial, according to our sources.
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