What we know so far in the USA college admissions cheating scandal

Lula Sharp
March 15, 2019

Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, allegedly paid bribes to have their daughters presented to USC as crew team recruits, even though neither daughter rowed crew.

Loughlin and Giannulli allegedly created fake rowing profiles to get their daughters Isabella and Olivia into USC.

Olivia launched a collaboration with Sephora back in December, but now the company has discontinued sales of the collection.

Loughlin's daughter-born Olivia Giannulli-has numerous other partnerships with companies like Amazon, Dolce & Gabbana, Lulus and Marc Jacobs Beauty; however, not all companies have issued a public statement regarding recent developments. Not only has her partnership with Sephora beauty products ended due to a threatened boycott, her online presence has been brought into question in the fallout of her college admission.

As reported by Today, this nationwide college admissions cheating scandal, which has reportedly resulted in kids being accepted to prestigious universities like Yale, Stanford, and Georgetown, is the "largest college admissions prosecution by the Justice Department in history".

Applicants in the current admissions cycle who are connected to the scheme alleged by the government will be denied admission to USC.

On Tuesday, news broke that celebrities including actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were charged in a massive fraud bust.

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The biggest college admissions scam ever prosecuted in the US is a harsh reminder that wealthy families can cheat their way to even greater privilege. Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, surrendered to federal authorities on Wednesday.

While the university is not directly accused of wrongdoing, "USC is in the process of identifying any funds received by the university in connection with this alleged scheme", it said in a statement.

Another lawsuit filed by Joshua Toy and his mother said he was denied college admission despite a 4.2 grade point average, and seeks $500 billion of damages from 45 defendants for defrauding and inflicting emotional distress on everyone whose "rights to a fair chance" to enter college was stolen.

She added, "I think we've put so much pressure and stress on them". Olivia has made controversial comments about college in the past, saying she "didn't care about school" and "wanted to go to parties and game days". "Never. I always gave them plenty of time to just sit in their playroom and, you know, use their imaginations". And it totally came across that I'm ungrateful for college-I'm going to a really nice school.

"There were essentially two kinds of fraud that Singer was selling", U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said.

Several months later, in March 2017, USC mailed the oldest daughter her formal acceptance letter, the complaint states.

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