Adult children of parents implicated in 'Operation Varsity Blues' could face criminal charges of their own: report
Federal prosecutors have sent letters to some of the children of parents implicated in “Operation Varsity Blues,” Law360 reports. Those letters indicate children who knew about the scam and were at least 18 years old when the cheating was “hatched and accomplished” could face criminal charges of their own.
According to Law360, it’s unclear who received the letters, but “sources with knowledge of the case” said they were sent around the same time charges against parents were unsealed in March.
Evidence suggests some students where in on the scheme. According to court documents, Olivia and Bella Giannulli, the daughters of actress Lori Loughlin and fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, took photos on an ergometer to bolster their applications as members of the crew team.
Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli are accused of paying “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,” according to court document.s
Last Monday, 13 parents implicated in the scandal accepted plea deals with prosecutors. On Tuesday, the holdouts—including Loughlin and Giannulli—were slapped with additional charges of money laundering and fraud. UC Hastings Law professor Rory Little said prosecutors were ramping up the “plea pressure” on parents who have not yet accepted responsibility for their part in the scandal.