Lori Loughlin finally flew back to LA and surrendered herself to federal authorities yesterday afternoon in LA. According to TMZ, she made prior arrangements to surrender on charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, honest services mail fraud and more. She and her husband paid $500K to get one of their daughters into USC on completely false pretenses. She was processed pretty quickly and released on a $1 million bond. She and her husband both used their home to secure as collateral. Unlike Felicity Huffman, Lori didn’t have to surrender her passport – Lori made the case that she’s currently filming projects for the Hallmark Channel (Hallmark Channel: “we would like to be excluded from this narrative”) in Canada, so federal authorities are allowing her to travel out of the country for the limited purpose of work and work alone.
All of that was just the appetizer for this story though. Lori’s daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli, the same one who knew her mom and dad were bribing people and faking like she was an elite crewer, was actually partying on a yacht belonging to the Chairman of USC’s Board of Trustees when she learned her parents were being arrested this week:
As Lori Loughlin traveled from Vancouver to L.A. Tuesday night to surrender to federal authorities in the college bribery scandal — which got her daughter, Olivia Jade, into USC — Olivia spent the night on the yacht of the Chairman of USC’s Board of Trustees … but she’s off the boat now, TMZ has learned. We’ve learned 19-year-old Olivia was on Rick Caruso’s yacht in the Bahamas. Caruso’s daughter, Gianna, Olivia and several other friends were spending spring break in the area. Gianna and Olivia have been friends for quite some time, occasionally posting photos of them together on social media.
Caruso, a billionaire who has major real estate holdings including The Grove in L.A., tells TMZ, “My daughter and a group of students left for spring break prior to the government’s announcement yesterday. Once we became aware of the investigation, the young woman decided it would be in her best interests to return home.” Olivia is off the yacht.
Caruso was elected Chairman of USC’s Board of Trustees last year. We’re told the Board will NOT decide the fate of Olivia and other students involved in the case. That decision is left squarely in the hands of the University’s President. By the way, Caruso came out strong Tuesday in the wake of the indictments, saying, “The charges filed today against employees of USC are disturbing and the alleged activity is absolutely wrong. I am saddened that these people would abuse their positions of trust and, as the government has alleged, victimize USC in the process. There is no option other than zero tolerance for this type of behavior. As a result, USC has fired the alleged wrongdoers.”
Well, it actually sounds like Caruso was not on the yacht at the time? Like he allowed his daughter and her friends to use the yacht for their spring break? I really need to know the name of the yacht too. Let me see if I can find it… OMG THE YACHT IS NAMED INVICTUS. *facepalm* Brand ambassador and scheming fake-college student Olivia Jade Giannulli was doing Jell-O shooters on the yacht Invictus when her parents were being arrested.
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