Lori Loughlin Gets Small Win In Her College Admission Case, Judge Calls Coercion Allegations 'Disturbing'
Fuller House actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, got a small win in court this week when the federal judge in their college admissions scandal case responded to their claim that the FBI told Rick Singer to lie about the money they allegedly paid to get their daughters into USC.
According to People magazine, last month Loughlin and Giannulli’s legal team filed a motion to dismiss their case. They alleged the “government belatedly disclosed” notes from Singer - the mastermind behind the scandal - which allegedly shows that government agents tried to “entrap” Loughlin and Giannulli and “nail” them “at all costs.”
In response, U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton wrote on Friday that Loughlin and Giannulli’s allegations are “serious and disturbing.”
“In those notes Singer describes a troubling conversation,” Gorton wrote in the memo.
Singer started cooperating with the FBI before charges were brought against Loughlin and Giannulli, and last October he wrote in the previously undisclosed notes that FBI agents “aggressively pressured him and directly instructed him to lie to elicit incriminating information from potential defendants.”
Judge Gorton wrote in his response that the court considers Singer’s notes to be "serious and disturbing.” He added that government agents are permitted to coach cooperating witnesses during an investigation, but they are not allowed to “suborn the commission of a crime.”
The Judge has asked for prosecutors to respond to Loughlin and Giannulli’s allegations by May 1st, and then he will rule on whether or not the case will continue.
Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli are facing charges of conspiracy to commit federal programs bribery, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud. They have both pleaded not guilty.
After the couple filed their motion to dismiss the case, prosecutors released two photos of their daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose which they say Loughlin and Giannulli used to prove their daughters were on the rowing team even though neither played the sport.
Prosecutors claim that the couple paid $500,000 through Singer to the University of Southern California as a bribe for them to be accepted into the school as crew recruits. However, Loughlin and Giannulli claim it was a donation.