Lori Loughlin’s daughter said her parents taught her ‘hard work pays off’ before alleged scam
As Lori Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, face charges for allegedly participating in a college admissions cheating scam to get their children into school, their daughter and popular YouTuber Olivia Jade Giannulli previously opened up to PEOPLE about the most important thing she’d learned from her parents.
“From both of my parents, [I’ve learned that] hard work pays off and dedication and always being on time,” the 19-year-old told PEOPLE in 2017. “Just forming relationships with different people is so important. Just being responsible — especially because I’m in school so I need to make sure my school work comes first but also learning how to manage everything. A lot of hard work does go into it, and a lot of people don’t realize it.”
Loughlin and Felicity Huffman are among dozens charged in an alleged college admissions cheating scam involving elite colleges and universities including Yale, Georgetown, the University of Southern California and Stanford, PEOPLE confirms.
Federal court records unsealed Tuesday in Boston name 50 people who have been allegedly indicted as part of the nationwide scheme, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts.
“Dozens of individuals involved in a nationwide conspiracy that facilitated cheating on college entrance exams and the admission of students to elite universities as purported athletic recruits were arrested by federal agents in multiple states and charged in documents unsealed on March 12, 2019, in federal court in Boston,” the release says.
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Athletic coaches from Yale, Stanford, USC, Wake Forest and Georgetown, among others, are implicated, as well as parents and exam administrators, the release says.
Huffman allegedly gave $15,000 “to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her oldest daughter,” the indictment states.
Loughlin allegedly gave $500,000 to say her child was part of the rowing team, when that was not true, the indictment states.
The documents say actress Loughlin — best known for her role as Aunt Becky on the ABC sitcom Full House — 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.”
Federal agents obtained emails from Loughlin allegedly implicating her in the scam, according to the documents.
Reps for Huffman and Loughlin did not immediately return PEOPLE’s calls for comment.
Olivia faced backlash last year when she posted a video in which she said she was only interested in attending college for the parties.
“I don’t know how much of school I’m gonna attend but I’m gonna go in and talk to my deans and everyone, and hope that I can try and balance it all,” she said. “But I do want the experience of like game days, partying…I don’t really care about school, as you guys all know.”
Fans quickly hit the comments section of the video, accusing Olivia of being “ungrateful” for her education and having a “privileged” outlook on school.
After reading the comments, Olivia posted a second video apology, admitting she was “disappointed” in herself.
“I said something super ignorant and stupid, basically. And it totally came across that I’m ungrateful for college — I’m going to a really nice school. And it just kind of made it seem like I don’t care, I just want to brush it off. I’m just gonna be successful at YouTube and not have to worry about school,” she said in the video. “I’m really disappointed in myself.”
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