Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli Felt Going to Trial Would Be ‘Reckless’

Fear factor. Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli’s decision to alter their pleas in the college admissions scandal did not come easy — after all, they made the move more than a year after being arrested — but ultimately, they realized the case against them was too strong.

“Lori and Mossimo felt going to trial would just be reckless,” a source tells Us Weekly exclusively, noting that the couple also worried about the potential of their daughters, Bella, 21, and Olivia Jade, 20, having to testify. “It was going to get ugly.”

A source close to the Full House alum, meanwhile, explains that the pair “were tired of being in limbo” and “couldn’t move on with their lives” until they pleaded guilty.

The U.S. Attorney’s office announced on Thursday, May 21, that Loughlin, 55, and Giannulli, 56, had accepted a plea deal and would admit their guilt on fraud charges. They officially entered their pleas during a virtual court appearance on Friday, May 22, although the judge won’t accept them until he sees pre-sentencing reports from the Massachusetts Probation Service. Their sentencing is scheduled for August 21.

“In the end, they had the choice of 50 years or a few months behind bars,” the Loughlin source tells Us. “You do the math.”

As part of a plea deal, the actress agreed to serve two months in prison, pay a $150,000 fine and serve 100 hours of community service. The Mossimo founder, meanwhile, is expected to spend five months behind bars, pay $250,000 and serve 250 hours of community service. They both also agreed to serve two years of supervised release.

“It’s not only her life. The kids’ lives were also being affected,” the Loughlin source adds, explaining that Bella and Olivia Jade are thrilled to have “the cloud of negative press around them gone so they can finally move on.”

Loughlin and Giannulli were indicted in March 2019 for paying $500,000 in bribes to get their daughters into the University of Southern California as crew recruits despite the girls having no experience with the sport.

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‘Cult’ mom Lori Vallow’s own son slams her for refusing to reveal where his two missing siblings are – The Sun

THE eldest son of "cult mom" Lori Vallow has slammed her for refusing to reveal the whereabouts of his two missing siblings.

Colby Ryan has repeatedly called on Vallow to cooperate with the search for 17-year-old Taylee Ryan and seven-year-old Joshua Vallow, who have not been seen since September.

Vallow was arrested three weeks after failing to attend a January 30 hearing in Madison County, Idaho to which she had been ordered to bring the children.

She had earlier refused to cooperate in the search for them, and in mid-December went on the run from her home in Rexburg, Idaho before being tracked down in Hawaii.

Vallow is currently being held on charges of desertion and child abandonment, but an investigation is now underway, and both she and fifth husband Chad Daybell could face charges of murder, attempted murder, and conspiracy.

Speaking to NBC News for an upcoming episode of Dateline, Colby, who did attend the January hearing, said: "It hurts so much.

"And on top of that we have a million questions.

"You can't call your own mom, can't go to her house and see your siblings – you're just out in the cold.
"We were so confused, like how do you not produce the kids? That's the whole reason you're in jail right now."


Police were alerted to the children's disappearance by relative's of Vallow's, who grew concerned after not hearing from them.

Her family have also said that she was a "wonderful, loving, attentive mother" until she joined a religious cult named Preparing A People, whose aim is to ready the Earth for the second coming of Christ.

The case came to national prominence after police confirmed they were also investigating the recent deaths of four other people linked to Vallow and Daybell.

In April 2018, Vallow's third husband, Joseph Ryan, died of an apparent heart attack.

In July 2019, he fourth husband, Charles Vallow, was shot dead by her brother, Alex Cox, who claimed self-defence and was never charged.

In November, Chad's previous wife, Tammy Daybell, died of unknown causes in her sleep, and he married Vallow just two weeks later.

In December, Alex Cox was found collapsed on a bathroom floor at his home in Gilbert, Arizona and was later pronounced dead at the scene.

His death came just a day after police exhumed the body of Tammy Daybell and reopened an investigation, and police have said he may have been involved in her death.

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Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli's Family Album With Bella, Olivia Jade

Lori Loughlin, her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, and their daughters, Bella and Olivia Jade, have weathered a difficult period amid the couple’s alleged involvement in the college admissions scandal, but the family has also celebrated good times together.

The Full House alum first met Giannulli in 1995 and two years later the duo eloped on Thanksgiving on November 27, 1997. Loughlin told Entertainment Tonight in February 2018 that their marriage is successful because they maintain open lines of communication.

“He’s my guy, he’s my person,” the When Calls the Heart star said at the time. “It’s communicating, it’s listening, it’s picking and choosing your battles. It’s being flexible, it’s all of that.”

Loughlin and the Mossimo founder welcomed their first child together, Bella, on September 16, 1998. One year later, Loughlin gave birth to their second daughter, Olivia Jade, on September 28, 1999. Olivia Jade later became a social media influencer with her YouTube channel, gaining more than 1 million subscribers for her videos, where she shares beauty and fashion tips.

Bella and Olivia Jade went on to attend the University of Southern California. Loughlin and Giannulli were arrested in March 2019 for allegedly falsifying their daughters’ participation on USC’s crew team in a bribe to get accepted into the school. One month later, the couple pleaded not guilty to fraud and money laundering conspiracy charges. Us Weekly confirmed in October 2019 that Bella and Olivia Jade are no longer enrolled at USC.

The Fuller House alum told Us in 2016 that she has a special relationship with both of her daughters.

“I would say that I am loving but that I am firm,” Loughlin said at the time. “I would say that … I am available, and they have access to me. I am involved, but I am not hovering. I’m there to guide. I think I’m funny, but they don’t. But I still make that joke. They kind of roll their eyes at me, but I am funny. I’m funny! And they’re like, ‘No, you’re not.’ But anyways, we have fun. We have a good time together.”

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How Lori Loughlin’s Daughter Olivia Jade Feels About Those Rowing Pics

Olivia Jade Giannulli is still struggling to move past the nationwide college cheating scandal. Lori Loughlin’s 20-year-old daughter was “really embarrassed” after photos her parents allegedly took of her and sister Bella on a rowing machine were released by federal prosecutors.

“It brought up all of her old feelings she had right after the scandal broke,” a source tells Us Weekly exclusively. “Olivia has Bella and her parents to lean on, but this has been a tough setback for Olivia.”

Us obtained the pictures of the YouTuber and Bella, 21, on rowing machines in a gym earlier this month. According to the court documents, Rick Singer, the mastermind of the scandal, asked Loughlin in an August 2016 email for the picture of Bella, writing, “It would probably help to get a picture with her on an ERG in workout clothes like a real athlete too.”

According to the insider, Olivia Jade, who has only posted two YouTube videos in the last 13 months, was planning to return to her influencing career before the photos surfaced.

“Olivia really was feeling like her life was getting back on track before the quarantine and even a little after that,” the source says. “Olivia was going to go back to her parents’ home with Bella and focus on filming content and getting back to her old digital life. After the photos came out, Olivia took a step back and even postponed some online collaborations with friends.”

The source adds: “She knew what the comments section would look like and that everyone would be shading her.”

Back in February, Olivia Jade made headlines after prosecutors released her allegedly fraudulent résumé, which declared she had won several rowing competitions and was “highly talented and has been successful in both men’s and women’s boats.”

Loughlin, 55, and husband Mossimo Giannulli were arrested in March 2019 after they were accused of paying $500,000 to ensure their daughters would be accepted to the University of Southern California as crew recruits. The Full House alum and the 56-year-old designer have subsequently pleaded not guilty to bribery, money laundering and fraud charges. While the couple have urged the judge in the case to dismiss charges against them, citing misconduct, the trail is set to begin on October 5.

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Lori Loughlin’s daughters Olivia Jade and Bella seen on rowing machines in photos ‘used to scam them into USC’ – The Sun

THE two daughters of Lori Loughlin and Massimo Giannulli are seen posing on rowing machines in the infamous photos that got them entrance into USC.

Olivia Jade and Bella rose pose on the devices, which according to court documents they had never before used in their lives.

The photos were submitted as part of the Memorandum in Opposition that was filed in the case this week by prosecutors and obtained by The Sun.

The fake rowing credentials submitted by the girls were previously released in a filing back in January.

Olivia's application claims that she placed in the prestigious Head of the Charles race in Cambridge, and won regional championships while in high school.

Also included in that same filing were two new $50,000 checks paid out to USC athletics for the Galen Center.

Olivia's sister Isabella had a similar resumé when she applied, and also received rave remarks from an unidentified USC official.

A testimonial on letterhead from the school states that Isabella is "an earnest, outspoken, incredibly positive-minded coxswain."

It goes on to state that the teenager, who had never before rowed in her life, "has proven to have incredible awareness which has enabled her to organize and direct the boat under to [sic] most demanding of competitions."

That letter was submitted in October 2016, and a year later a similar version was sent heralding Oliva's abilities.

Two months after that, a check was sent to Galen Center Gift from the Mossimo Giannulli Trust for $50,000.

Loughlin and her husband are two of a handful of indicted parents in the Operation Varsity Blues scandal who have chosen to fight the charges.

The couple were indicted because they "conspired to commit federal program bribery by bribing employees of the University of Southern California to facilitate their children’s admission" said prosecutors.

"In exchange for the bribes, employees of the university allegedly designated the defendants" children as athletic recruits – with little or no regard for their athletic abilities – or as members of other favored admissions categories.

Loughlin and her husband are now facing 60 years in prison and over one-million dollars in fines for allegedly bribing officials in a bid to get their daughters into the University of Southern California.

They are charged with: conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud; conspiracy to commit federal programs bribery; conspiracy to commit money laundering.

"Loughlin and Giannulli 'agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team – despite the fact that they did not participate in crew – thereby facilitating their admission to USC," according to court documents.

The couple emailed mastermind William Rick Singer in 2016 to say that they wanted to get the girl's into USC.

A short time after that, photos were taken of older daughter Isabella on an ergometer.

Dr. Heinel, the senior associate athletic director at USC, presented Isabella as a potential athletic recruit a month later,

It was then asked that a check be sent to Heinle for $50,000 from Giannulli, a copy of which has now been shared by prosecutors in the case.

That same filing included the email sent by Olivia's high school guidance counselor stating that the teenager did not participate in any crew program.

Recent reports suggested that Lori was selling her home to help cover costs but that is not the case.

A home Lori previously owned in Bel Air is being sold, but by the current owner.

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‘Cult mom’ Lori Vallow ‘to be indicted over the death of her ex-husband’ as she awaits trial over missing kids – The Sun

"CULT mom" Lori Vallow could be facing fresh charges, an email written by police has revealed.

Vallow, 42, is currently being held at Madison County Jail, Idaho, in relation to the disappearance of her two children, Tylee Ryan, 17, and Joshua Vallow, 7.

An email written by police in Arizona, leaked to Fox 10 Phoenix, has revealed that Vallow could soon be indicted in relation to the death of her ex-husband, Charles Vallow.

Charles was shot and killed by Lori's brother last year, but Lori was never named publicly as a subject.

The email, sent on March 24th by Detective Nathan Moffat of Pheonix police, said: "We continue to work on Charles' case and are confident we are getting closer to getting Lori indicted for her involvement in Charles death."

Vallow is currently being held on two charges of desertion and nonsupport of a dependent – though reports have suggested that she has no intention of cooperating with officers.

Five months after Charles, 67, died, Lori married Chad Daybell in Hawaii, on November 5, 2019.

Last week it was revealed by the East Idaho News that a wedding ring may play a key part in authorities' investigations.

The wedding ring – a size 4 Sterling Silver Southwestern Style Malachite – was purchased on Amazon for $35.99 on Oct. 2, 2019, 17 days before Chad Daybell's previous wife, Tammy, mysteriously passed away in her sleep.

The ring was delivered to a Rexburg, Idaho, townhouse and was in the name of Charles Vallow – despite Lori's husband being shot and killed months earlier.

A source told local reporters that Lori Vallow still used Charles's account after he died.

Chad Daybell, an author of apocalyptic books, received a whopping $430,000 from several policies after Tammy's mysterious death, court documents show – but he allegedly upped the price and rushed her funeral.

The writer, who penned apocalyptic novels for a Morman audience, reportedly made "significant" increases to at least one policy, multiple sources previously told the East Idaho News.

A former confidant of Daybell revealed he predicted his wife would die months before, and reports say he "rushed" her funeral arrangements.

“It was really weird because the casket wasn’t even there," an unnamed man told the East Idaho News.

"It all came together so quick and felt rushed. There weren’t a lot of people at the service."

Another friend of the Daybells told the publication his children weren't happy about his speedy second marriage.

Vallow and Daybell were first questioned about disappearances of Tylee and Joshua in November 2019.

Police said the Vallow and Daybell lied about the kids' whereabouts and even about their existence.

After they were questioned by police, the pair disappeared until they were discovered in Hawaii in January.

Vallow was then arrested on February 20 after a warrant was issued by Idaho authorities.


The bizarre turn of events kicked off in July when Vallow's ex-husband, Charles Vallow, 67, was shot dead in her Arizona home by her brother, Alex Cox.

Cox told cops he acted in self-defense because Vallow refused to back away from his sister and he was never charged for the fatal shooting.

The Idaho State Journal reported Charles Vallow filed for divorce as a result of his wife's increasingly strange behavior.

Cox was found dead on December 15 but the cause of his death hasn't been established.

After Charles' death, Lori Vallow and her two kids then moved to Rexburg, Idaho, in September.

The missing kids were last seen attending school there, but Vallow and Daybell never reported them missing.

Daybell's wife Tammy, 49, was then found dead in her family home on October 19, with her obituary stating that she died of natural causes.

Roughly two weeks later, Vallow married Daybell, causing law enforcement to become suspicious.

They later exhumed Tammy's remains and the autopsy results are pending, according to the Fremont County Sheriff's Office.

Daybell is the author of latter day saints books about the end of the world and Vallow's family has accused the couple of being doomsday "cult" members.

Vallow reportedly believes she is "a god assigned to carry out the work of the 144,000 at Christ's second coming in July 2020," according to divorce documents Charles Vallow filed before his death.

Vallow is next due in court on May 7.

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