Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli stand accused of bribing USC $500,000 to ensure their daughters a place at the school. Which is has got them into some pretty freakin’ hot water…
The famous couple has been accused of mail fraud and money laundering conspiracy. If the pair are convicted each crime could carry a 20-year prison sentence. Which is seriously scary stuff…
Though the couple was allowed to cut a plea deal for a reduced prison sentence they decided to persevere in claims of their innocence. Clearly, they’ll be fighting this thing until the bitter end. The main defense the pair has widely been rumored to be using is that they did not understand their actions were illegal.
…I’m not in a position to judge (though it rarely stops me).
A source spoke to People, defending the parent’s actions;
“You read the complaint and they look like criminal masterminds. But they really didn’t know the legalities of what was going on. They’re not lawyers and they’re not experts. They were parents who simply wanted to make sure that their daughters got into a good school.”
In fairness, I can understand the desire to see your children succeed in the best institute available to them… but really? Paying hundreds of thousands of pounds to get into a college? There’s a different way of going about that, it’s called getting the right grades.
The source continued to say that Loughlin and Mossimo were comparable to other affluent families who made “donations” to schools to help their children secure a place there:
“Calling in favors, donating money to the alumni association, hiring consultants. Those are all things that parents do. And so they gave money to this consultant, not entirely knowing everything that was going to be done. When it all fell apart, nobody was as surprised as they were that they were in trouble.”
So if all the other rich parents jumped off a cliff, would you??
Whilst it’s a fair point that questionable “donations” from parents are not a new phenomenon and rarely frowned upon, it hardly excuses Loughlin’s and Mossimo’s idea that buying their child a place would be acceptable while other kids (with the correct qualification they worked really hard for!) were turned down.