Prosecution has new email evidence proving that fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli and actress Lori Loughlin rejected a “legitimate approach” of getting their daughters into the University of Southern California.
According to USA Today, new court documents in the college admission scandal show that the couple refused help from a USC administrator to review their daughter’s college application.
The 2016 emails reveal the admin offered to “provide one-on-one interviews, classroom visits and a customized tour of the campus for the family,” according to the publication.
However, Giannulli denied the offer allegedly because he’d already made arrangements with William “Rick” Singer to get his daughters in by posing as fake crew recruits.
"Thanks so much, I think we are squared away,” he responded.
He then reportedly forwarded the exchange to Loughlin and joked, "The nicest I've been at blowing off somebody."
"The Giannullis specifically rejected this 'legitimate' approach,'" the motion, filed on Wednesday by Eric S. Rosen, an assistant U.S attorney, reads.
Giannulli and Loughlin, best known for her role as Aunt Becky in “Full House” and the spin-off “Fuller House,” have plead “not guilty” to the multiple charges, which, according to the LA Times, includes “conspiracy to commit fraud, money laundering and bribery.”
They allegedly paid Singer $500,000 to get their two daughters into USC. However, the argument offered by the couple’s attorney is that they were under the impression that they were making “legitimate donations” to USC through a nonprofit operated by Singer.
They are among 36 parents charged in the nationwide scheme dubbed "Operation Varsity Blues" that spanned Ivy Leagues and universities across the nation.
If convicted, Giannulli and Loughlin each face up to 20-years in prison, according to ABC News.
Fellow actress Felicity Huffman was released from a federal prison in October after serving 11 days for her role in a college admission scandal.
The “Desperate Housewives” star pleaded guilty to paying $15,000 to artificially raise her daughter’s college admission test scores in May.
Huffman paid a $30,000 fine in addition to her prison sentence and will still be required to pay 250 hours in community service.