USC and the College Admissions Scandal: Implicated Students Not Allowed to Dodge Investigation via Withdrawal

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Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, are facing multiple charges associated with a massive college admissions scandal, including fraud and money laundering. Both appear unlikely to escape prison time.

Loughlin and Giannulli allegedly spent $500,000 to have their two daughters, Isabella and Olivia Giannulli, fraudulently admitted to the University of Southern California (USC) by passing the young women off as members of the university’s rowing team. Neither daughter has any experience in the sport. According to FBI wiretaps, Loughlin and Giannulli funneled $400,000 in the form of two $200,00 payments through a nonprofit and sent $100,000 in the form of two $50,000 payments to a USC coach. (See page 88 of this FBI key complaint for the details of the Loughlin-Giannulli emails and phone conversations related to the scam.)

It seems that one of the questions raised concerns whether USC allowed Isabella and Olivia Giannulli to…

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