Lori Loughlin Now Claims ‘Unaware Illegal’ But Does Wiretap Call Say Otherwise?

LOS ANGELES, CA. (THECOUNT) — Lori Loughlin and hubby Mossimo Giannulli are reportedly claiming that they were unaware the bribes they allegedly paid to get their daughters into the University of Southern California was illegal. But as TheCount.com reported back on March 14, a transcript of a wiretapped phone call placed between the actress and an “informant,” believed to be ringleader Rick Singer, may tell another story.

According to reports, Loughlin and Giannulli claim they did nothing wrong when they made a $500,000 payment to bypass protocol and gain admission of their daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose, into top colleges.

A source familiar with the case said that the couple are not “criminal masterminds.” Instead, “they really didn’t know the legalities of what was going on,” the source added. “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,” reports TheCut.

Back in mid-March we reported the FBI had secretly recorded a conversation between Loughlin and Singer, the man at the center of the scandal. During the call, Loughlin was coached on what to say if contacted by the IRS regarding the massive payment. The Full House star seemed relieved that the inference of the call was the IRS investigating the payment and not USC officials.

The follow is a transcript of a wiretapped call Loughlin engaged in with F.B.I.

Operation Varsity Blues” informant, CW-1:

CW-1: If you ever– ever were to say anything.

LOUGHLIN: So we– so we just– so we just have to say we made a donation to your foundation and that’s it, end of story.

CW-1: That is correct.

LOUGHLIN: Okay.

CW-1: Terrific.

LOUGHLIN: Okay.

CW-1: I just wanted to make sure I touched base because I didn’t want you–

LOUGHLIN: Yeah.

CW-1: –to all of a sudden what– like what’s this call coming from.

LOUGHLIN: Okay, yeah. Okay. Totally. All right. So– so that’s it. So it’s– it’s the IRS. It’s not anyone from USC, it’s the IRS.

CW-1: That is correct.

LOUGHLIN: Okay. Very good.

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Rick Singer, the CEO of The Key, a company that “helps” wealthy students score better scores on college admission tests, such as the SAT, is believed to be CW-1.

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