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Coach Who Allegedly Helped Lori Loughlin’s Daughter In Admissions Scandal Agrees To Plead Guilty

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Neetu Chandak Education and Politics Reporter

The University of Southern California (USC) coach who allegedly made hoax athletic profiles for actress Lori Loughlin’s daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli and other wealthy parents agreed to plead guilty Tuesday.

Former USC assistant women’s soccer coach Laura Janke, 36, will plead guilty to conspiracy to commit racketeering, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts Tuesday. (RELATED: Candace Cameron Bure Backs Lori Loughlin Amid College Admission Scandal Fallout)

Federal officials accused William Rick Singer of cheating the college entrance exam system to help wealthy parents get their children into top schools. Singer allegedly ran and used his purported charity Key Worldwide Foundation (KWF) to facilitate the bribes.

Janke was reportedly part of Singer’s scheme, where she made bogus profiles for children to make them seem like successful players to help them get into the elite colleges. The former coach allegedly made a crew profile for Loughlin and fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli’s youngest daughter even though she was not a competitive rower, CNN reported.

Loughlin and Giannulli were accused of paying $500,000 to secure both of their daughters’ admissions into USC. The parents pleaded not guilty in the bribery scandal.

Actor Lori Loughlin, and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, leave the federal courthouse after facing charges in a nationwide college admissions cheating scheme, in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., April 3, 2019. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Actor Lori Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, leave the federal courthouse after facing charges in a nationwide college admissions cheating scheme, in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., April 3, 2019. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

USC’s women’s soccer head coach Ali Khosroshahin along with Janke also reportedly designated four students as recruits to the soccer team to help them get into the school, even though the applicants did not play the sport competitively. Khosroshahin pleaded not guilty to the charge, CNN reported.

Toby MacFarlane, a former senior executive at a title insurance company, is also expected to plead guilty for trying to get his children into USC as athletic recruits through Singer and Janke in exchange for $450,000 in bribes, the attorney’s office reported.

USC did not immediately respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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