USC Coach Who Made Olivia Jade’s Fake Crew Profile to Plead Guilty in College Scandal
Coming clean. On Tuesday, April 23, Laura Janke — the University of Southern California coach who made Lori Loughlin’s daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli’s fake crew profile — has agreed to plead guilty for her alleged involvement in the nationwide college admissions scandal.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts announced that the 36-year-old will plead guilty to conspiracy to commit racketeering and is cooperating with authorities.
The former assistant coach for USC’s women’s soccer team was one of the 11 people who was previously indicted for their alleged involvement in the scheme. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s press release, Janke could face up to 20 years in jail, three years of supervised release, a hefty fine of $250,000 and restitution if she is found guilty.
The North Hollywood resident had been accused of helping William “Rick” Singer — the mastermind behind the whole ordeal — create falsified profiles as athletes for his clients’ children so he could get them into reputable universities.
Apparently, Singer emailed Janke on July, 14, 2017, and asked her to make a crew profile for Olivia Jade, according to the criminal complaint obtained by CNN. “OK, sounds good. Please send me the pertinent information, and I will get started,” Janke allegedly responded.
Two days later, Singer emailed Loughlin’s husband, Mossimo Giannulli, and asked for an “action picture.” On July 28, Giannulli allegedly replied, copying his wife on the email, with a photo of their youngest daughter on a rowing machine.
The 90210 alum, 54, and the fashion designer, 55, were arrested in March after they allegedly “agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 for having their two daughters, Isabella, 20, and Olivia, 19, designated as recruits to the USC crew team — despite the fact that they did not participate in crew — thereby facilitating their admission to USC.” The duo was later released from jail on $1 million bond. On April 15, the pair pleaded not guilty to two charges — money laundering and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.
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