A coach responsible for helping Lori Loughlin’s daughter get into the University of Southern California will plead guilty for her role in the college admissions scandal.
Laura Janke, a former assistant soccer coach at USC, allegedly accepted large sums of bribe money in exchange for helping children of wealthy families look like athletic recruits, KCAL reports.
She helped create “falsified profiles” to make students with no experience look like top athletes — including Olivia Jade, Loughlin’s youngest child.
According to People, Janke worked for college admissions scandal ringleader William “Rick” Singer, whom Loughlin and her husband allegedly paid to get their daughters into USC.
Though Olvia Jade had no crew experience, Janke helped create a profile that made her look like a top recruit at the instruction of Singer, prosecutors said.
In July 2017, she responded to Singer’s request to make the fake profile:
Ok sounds good. Please send me the pertinent information and I will get started.
She was also allegedly paid $100,000 by Singer for helping the daughter of another wealthy family get admitted to USC as a soccer recruit by listing her as a “US Club Soccer All American.”
U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts confirmed on Tuesday that Janke will plead guilty to conspiracy to commit racketeering in exchange for getting a less harsh sentence.
Her charge has a maximum sentence of “20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater, and restitution,” the attorney’s office states.
Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, have pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, honest services mail fraud, and money laundering.
That means they likely rejected a plea deal that would have resulted in less jail time.
As of now, it’s unclear just how Janke’s guilty plea will affect Loughlin’s case.