Lori Loughlin, husband rejected ‘legitimate approach’ to get daughter in USC: Prosecutors

first_imgJohn Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(BOSTON) — Lori Loughlin and her fashion-designer husband rejected a “legitimate approach” to help one of their daughters get into USC, choosing instead to use their wealth to allegedly pursue an illegal path that got them indicted in the massive “Operation Varsity Blues” scandal, prosecutors said.New court documents in the case that has rocked the college world and left the Hollywood couple fighting federal charges show that Loughlin’s husband, Mossimo Giannulli, allegedly joked with his wife about rebuffing a USC official who agreed to review the college entrance application of one of their daughters.“The nicest I’ve been about blowing off somebody,” the 56-year-old Giannulli allegedly wrote in an email to his wife, according to the documents prosecutors filed in Boston federal court.Federal prosecutors made public a previously undisclosed conversation Giannulli had with the USC official in September 2016. In that conversation, the official offered to look at their daughter’s application to USC only to be allegedly told by Giannulli, “I think we are squared away.”Loughlin, 55, best known for her role as Aunt Becky in the ABC sitcom “Full House,” and Giannulli were among more than 50 people, including 35 wealthy parents, indicted in March in the largest college cheating scam ever prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice.Both Loughlin and Giannulli have pleaded not guilty and have vowed to fight the charges. If convicted, they could each face a prison sentence of up to 20 years, according to prosecutors.The couple is fighting charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, as well as conspiracy to commit money laundering.Prosecutors allege they disguised bribes to William “Rick” Singer, the one-time college entrance guru who masterminded the scam, as donations to fund programs for “disadvantaged youth.”According to the indictment, Loughlin and Giannulli allegedly paid $500,000 in bribes to Singer in exchange for having their daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose Giannulli, designated as recruits for USC’s crew team even though neither had ever participated in the sport.Singer has pleaded guilty to his role in the scam and cooperated with the government’s investigation. He’s yet to be sentenced.In the latest batch of documents filed in court, prosecutors disclosed additional evidence they allege show the depth of Loughlin and Giannulli’s participation in scheme. In a series of emails between Singer and Giannulli, Singer informed the couple how he would make their daughter look like a real “coxswain,” the person athlete responsible for steering boats in rowing competitions.“In August 2016, Singer told the Giannullis the he would ‘create a coxswain profile’ for their daughter, and noted that ‘[i]t would probably help to get a picture with her on an ERG [an indoor rowing machine] in workout clothes like a real athlete too’,” the court documents state.“In fact, the Giannullis’ daughter did not row crew, and was not a coxswain,” the documents say, not identifying either daughter. “Yet, Giannulli, copying Loughlin, replied, ‘Fantastic. Will get all.’”Giannulli allegedly emailed Singer back a photo of his daughter posing on an ergometer rowing machine, according to the documents.Loughlin and Giannulli, however, have asserted that evidence in the case eventually will show they were not paying bribes to Singer and were under the impression they were making proper donations to USC.Defense attorneys have asked a federal judge to order prosecutors to turn over FBI interview transcripts that, they argue, would show the couple acted in good faith when they paid $250,000 to Singer to legitimately help their daughter get into USC.The couple argued in court documents that “universities — as part of their legitimate admissions process — regularly solicit donations from the families of prospective students, and … such donations can have a material effect on admissions decisions.”Prosecutors countered in court documents that “the exculpatory evidence the defendants purport to seek simply does not exist” and accused Loughlin and Giannulli of “relying on a sanitized renditions of the facts.”Among other parents indicted in the nationwide scam was Oscar-nominated actress and “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman, who pleaded guilty in May to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud. Huffman served 11 days of a 14-day prison sentence in October.Huffman admitted to paying Singer $15,000 to get one of his co-conspirators to correct and improve her daughter’s SAT score.The 57-year-old actress also agreed to pay a $30,000 fine, complete 250 hours of community service and serve one year of probation.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Dutch state secretary calls for ‘tailor-made’ pensions communication

first_imgThe communications instrument must also show the financial effects of “important choices” – such as early or later retirement, part-time retirement and value transfer – as well as significant changes in participants’ personal situations, such as divorce.In Klijnsma’s opinion, the registry should also provide insight into future purchasing power and risks, reflecting “optimistic, expected and pessimistic” scenarios.In her consultation document, the state secretary further said basic information about the pensions plan in the initial letter issued to new participants should become permanently available on the pension provider’s website.In addition, the uniform pension statement (UPO) and the Pensions Registry must offer differing information, with the first focusing on accrued rights and the latter indicating the combined pension income at the official retirement age.The current legislation for pensions communication dates from 2007.A survey by TNO Nipo conducted in 2012 suggested that 43% of the interviewed participants had trouble understanding the information in the UPO and the initial letter.Alfred Kool, communications strategist at Towers Watson, underlined the importance of Klijnsma’s focus on participants and a tailor-made approach, while the Pensions Federation said it was too early to comment. Pension providers in the Netherlands should offer tailor-made communications to meet the unique needs and characteristics of their participants, as well as narrow the gap between expectations and actual final benefits, according to Jetta Klijnsma, state secretary at the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs.Outlining her views in a consultation document for a legislative update, she said participants must be offered a personal and interactive overall view on their pension prospects.Klijnsma said she wanted to give providers more leeway for shaping communications, offering information in layers, as well as digitally, and providing information on risks and purchasing power.To achieve her goal, the state secretary wants to extend and change the national Pensions Registry gradually into a ‘pensions dashboard’, which would show the expected pensions income directly.last_img read more

Live updates: Warriors vs. Mavericks, Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

first_imgGet live news and analysis Saturday at 5:30 p.m. when the Warriors take on the Mavericks while Stephen Curry rests as Dirk Nowitzki makes his final appearance in Oakland.The Warriors (49-22) will also rest backups Andrew Bogut and Shaun Livingston in the first of a back-to-back at home. Golden State has beaten the Mavericks in two of their three meetings, including a 119-114 victory in Dallas in January when Curry erupted for 11 3-pointers on his way to a 48-point night.DeMarcus …last_img

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SM Group Chosen as Preferred Bidder to Take Over STX Corp

first_imgzoom A consortium spearheaded by South Korea’s Samra Midas Group (SM Group) has been selected as the preferred bidder for compatriot STX Corporation which was put on sale by its creditors. As disclosed in a listing to Korea Exchange, the company is to revert in three months on whether the two parties agreed on the details of the sale as creditors, including Korea Development Bank and Nonghyup Bank, intend to negotiate with SM Group about the sale of STX Corporation.A total of four companies submitted their offers last week to buy STX Corporation, an affiliate company of financially-troubled shipbuilder STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co that filed for court receivership with the Seoul Central District Court in May, 2016.STX Corporation must find a way to recapitalize in order to avoid being delisted from the stock market.According to reports cited by Yonhap news agency, SM Group plans to inject some KRW 130 billion (USD 113 million) in STX Corporation.The shipping firm has been very busy over the recent period, investing in expansion and capacity bolstering.Namely, in 2016, SM Group acquired bankrupt Hanjin Shipping’s Asia-US route. After taking over the route, SM Group established SM Line, a new unit which started its first service on March 8.The Group has also purchased five 6,655 TEU boxships for USD 60 million previously owned by bankrupt Hanjin Shipping.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Maple Ridge to temporarily stop issuing film permits in downtown

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement “We value the film industry. What we really want to is solve issues that can be problems in the longer term,” said Lino Siracusa, the city’s manager of economic development.“This is a short duration time out and in a very small area … we see this as being minor and we hope that the industry will come back and film in this location and the filming will be very sustainable for a long time.”Siracusa says only the downtown area is affected by the moratorium. The rest of the city is still taking applications for permits. Login/Register With:last_img

Buckeye Barbell Club raises the bar for powerlifters

An Ohio State student organization is welcoming those who are looking to get in shape through strength training.The Buckeye Barbell Club has two primary goals — to give OSU students, faculty and staff the opportunity to get stronger and to promote the sport of powerlifting — with a focus on the latter. Participating in club workouts is free of charge, but a $20 fee is required each academic year to help cover entry fees for meets and the club T-shirt.“When it originally started, it was meant for people to strength train together and to help new people learn how to (lift), and actually competing was in the background,” said Evan Byrne, club member and graduate student in electrical and computer engineering. “As we’ve gone forward, it’s shifted to more of an emphasis on competing.”Powerlifting is a sport that consists of three specific types of lifts — the squat, the bench press and the deadlift — and club members learn how to correctly and efficiently do them in hopes of competing in meets, whether it be at the local, regional or national level. These lifts are learned through the “wealth of knowledge” experienced weightlifters provide, fifth-year in electrical and computer engineering and club member Alex Cramer said.“There’s a lot of instruction and encouragement,” Cramer said. “It’s a lot easier to go to the gym every day when there’s someone invested in helping you.”While emphasis is placed on training for and competing in meets, the club also provides a more casual atmosphere for those who just want to strength train for personal recreation and people with all levels of experience are encouraged to join.“A lot of people are hesitant to join because they have this mental image of what a powerlifter looks like, but in Buckeye Barbell, you can see that we have tons of different kinds of people represented: different majors, athletic backgrounds and body types,” said Victoria Liang, president of Buckeye Barbell Club and third-year in information systems. “We have people who have never touched a barbell and we have nationally-ranked athletes. Our common goal of getting stronger brings us together, and that supportive network drives everyone to succeed.”Liang said that mental image of what a powerlifter looks like was a driving force behind the creation of the club.“When I started lifting my freshman year, I was terribly clueless and self-conscious like many beginners,” Liang said. “I often wished I had a community of people who could help, support= and motivate me, and that became my inspiration for the club.”Another staple of the club is the opportunity to get involved. Members of the club regularly do volunteer work at high school powerlifting meets in the winter, as well as the Arnold Sports Festival, which takes place at the Columbus Convention Center annually.Liang said the club has about 50 active members who participate in various activities that the club takes part in, from training sessions to seminars to volunteering. read more

Nabil Fekir transfer message issued to fans by Anfield legend

first_imgFekir who was on the verge of sealing a deal to Liverpool from Lyon for £53m last weekend had the deal thrashed over over concerns about his medical.However, there are indications that the Anfield bosses could revive their interest to sign him if the France international becomes available at a cheaper price. But former Liverpool winger John Barnes believes supporters should not be concerned if Klopp abandons his interest.“If they feel that there is a medical issue then they shouldn’t [sign him],” Barnes, speaking on behalf of Bonus Code Bets, told DailyStar.“Liverpool have to do what they think is right and Jurgen Klopp has to make those decisions.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“Obviously, we trust Jurgen Klopp and the choices he makes so if Jurgen Klopp decides not to sign him then we shouldn’t say no.“If he decides to sign him with his slight injury but it’s not an injury that’s going to stop him playing and we feel it’s worth it then I’ll back him.”One of the main priorities on Liverpool’s transfer agenda this summer is a new goalkeeper following Loris Karius’ two catastrophic errors in the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid. A mistake that pressed home the anxiety among fans and pundits that a new man was needed between the sticks.last_img read more

Ernesto Valverde defends Carles Alena substitution

first_imgBarcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has defended his decision to substitute off Carles Alena in favor of Lionel Messi during the club’s 3–1 win over Leganes.Alena impressed in middle of the park before being withdrawn for Messi shortly after Martin Braithwaite drew Leganes level at 1-1.The Barcelona supporters reacted negatively to the 21-year-old’s withdrawal, but Valverde made the change for a specific reason.Speaking in his post-match news conference, Valverde said, according to FourFourTwo:FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“Alena played a great match, but we thought it was a good idea to make changes at 1-1.”“[Ivan] Rakitic and Messi are used to playing together and we have opted for a turn, but that does not mean it [Alena’s performance] was not good.”“The other day the full game, Alena did not play and today he did. We have to give everyone games because they are all important.”last_img read more

Residents Urge Assembly To Take Action Against Mayors Veto

first_imgMayor Pierce defended his veto throughout the evening citing the districts ability to utilize its own reserve fund balance. Pierce: “You want me to fully fund and then you want to protect your fund balance. What if we need some fund balance too?” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A number of Kenai Peninsula residents testified at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Tuesday urging the assembly to override Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce’s decision to veto $2.4 million of supplemental education funding. Pierce announced his intent to veto the additional funding in education ahead of Tuesday night’s meeting. That money had been approved by the assembly at its April 16 meeting. “It’s so disheartening and so frustrating to read that people aren’t valuing that, and it cuts me to my core.”  “Just for the record, I want to say that I’m opposed to the mayor’s veto and I find it unconcinable that he would even consider this.”   “Cutting funding to education just doesn’t make sense. In the long run you’re going to pay for it one way or another. Either through law enforcement, prisons, people committing crimes because they don’t have enough money. All because they didn’t get the education they deserve, that’s guaranteed under our country’s rights.”  The assembly refrained from taking any action at their meeting on Tuesday, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t. The assembly would need to take action by their next meeting on May 21 in order to override the veto.last_img read more