Former Full House star Lori Loughlin and San Francisco financier William McGlashan Jr., both of whom are facing prison time for allegedly trying to bribe their kids’ way into USC, filed court documents this week accusing federal prosecutors of sitting on evidence that could help them clear their names.
Lawyers for McGlashan are asking a judge to force the U.S. Attorney’s office in Boston to hand over reports on FBI interviews with confessed “Operation Varsity Blues” mastermind Rick Singer, claiming the documents would prove that the businessman decided on his own accord not to go along with Singer’s “side door” admissions scheme before ever learning that Singer was under investigation, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Prosecutors maintain that McGlashan paid Singer $50,000 to fix his son’s ACT entrance exams and agreed to fork over another $250,000 to get the kid in as a football recruit, and that he only backed out of that plan when he learned that Singer was the focus of a federal criminal investigation. Attorneys for McGlashan, however, contend that he paid to have his son take the ACT exam at a private school in L.A. instead of his own school because it wouldn’t interfere with finals or the Christmas break, and that the documents they seek will prove McGlashan had settled on his own plan for getting his son into USC before he ever learned about the investigation.
In a March court appearance, assistant U.S. attorney Eric Rosen stated, “The only thing that prevented [McGlashan] from going forward with the side door is because he was informed at the end of October that Mr. Singer was under investigation by the IRS and other law enforcement for such fraud.”
In today’s filing, McGlashan attorney John C. Hueston included a letter he received from Rosen in which the prosecutor’s own words seem to undermine his case.
“In an interview on or about September 27, 2018,” Rosen wrote to Hueston, “Singer advised agents, in sum and in substance, that your client would not be using the side door, but would be ‘going through his own connections.’”
Still, Hueston told the court that prosecutors have so far been unwilling to provide him with anything more than “minimal ‘sum and substance’ summaries” of the FBI reports he claims would help clear his client.
Meanwhile, lawyers for Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli, accused of spending in $500,000 in bribes to get their daughters Isabella Rose and Olivia Jade into the troubled USC, also filed a motion this week accusing prosecutors of withholding evidence that could bolster their defense.
They claim the evidence will show that when they gave all that money to the fraudulent Key Worldwide Foundation, they believed it was “a bona fide charitable organization, and that their payments to KWF would support programs geared toward helping underprivileged children,” the filing states.
The motion alleges: “The government appears to be concealing exculpatory evidence that helps show that both defendants believed all of the payments they made would go to USC itself—for legitimate, university approved purposes—or to other legitimate charitable causes.”
Loughlin faces up to 50 years in prison if convicted.
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