Lori Loughlin is gearing up for an intense legal battle in 2020. As the Fuller House actress gets ready to face the music for her involvement in the college admissions scandal, the Los Angeles times just released a report that suggests USC questioned whether Loughlin's daughters were actually athletes a year before news of the scandal broke to the public.
According to the LA Times, Marymount High School, which was attended by Olivia Jade Giannulli and Isabella Giannulli, contacted USC after the girls were accepted as athletes. In an email obtained by the Times, a USC employe wrote Marymount High School "doesn't think either of the students are serious crew participants."
Following the initial inquiry about Olivia Jade and Isabella's athleticism, the third-ranking administrator in USC's athletic department, Donna Heinel, was asked to dig deeper. Heinel then informed USC that Loughlin's daughters rowed for a "competitive" club. She also reported that USC's coach believed Olivia Jade "has talent" as a rower.
According to the prosecutors, however, Heinel was involved in the college admissions scandal from the beginning. She reportedly personally presented Olivia Jade and Isabella as recruited "elite" coxswains to a USC admissions committee. The committee then approve them both for admissions based on "falsified athletic credentials." Loughlin, along with her husband Mossimo Giannulli, paid Heinel $50k, which Heinel then deposited into a USC account.
Loughlin and Gianulli are charged with one count of conspiracy to commit federal programs bribery, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to commit mail and write fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud. They face up to 50 years in prison if they're found guilty.