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Parents in college admissions scandal call for charges to be dismissed

Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli Enlarge Image Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli AP
Adrian Cunningham | 26 March, 2020, 23:41

Scheme mastermind Rick Singer claims Federal Bureau of Investigation agents badgered him, told him to lie and ask leading questions in phone conversations with the accused.

According to the motion, and a subsequent memo supporting the dismissal motion, Louglin's lawyers allege that prosecutors acted inappropriately in regards to one of their main witnesses - accused bribery scam ring-leader Rick Singer - and that they tried to hide exculpatory evidence.

Loughlin and her hubby allegedly paid a $500,000 bribe to get their two academically wanting daughters into the University of Southern California by claiming they were members of the rowing team. The girls were admitted as crew recruits, even though they did not participate in the sport.

Attorneys for Loughlin and Giannulli raised claims of misconduct before Gorton in court last month.

Singer ran Edge College and Career Network, otherwise known as the Key, which offered admissions counseling and SAT prep to wealthy clients.

The lawyers addressed the notes in their plea to the judge, writing: "For government agents to coerce an informant into lying on recorded calls to generate false inculpatory evidence against investigative targets-and to then knowingly prosecute those targets using that false evidence-is governmental malfeasance of the worst kind".

The defense says the notes show that agents bullied Singer into fabricating evidence and try to trick parents into falsely agreeing that the payments were bribes. Singer wrote that Federal Bureau of Investigation agents told him to say that he told parents the payments were bribes. "I was like, 'Well, maybe the way they got in you're not supposed to get in like that".

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The defense contends that the parents were under the impression that the payments were donations to the school.

"Yeah, no, no, I - I had questions about [U] SC".

Loughlin has made it clear from the day she was arrested she did not know the payments were bribes. It's ok, ' like I don't know. "But it's all on the up-and-up (inaudible) right?" The government has said it only turned over the information recently because it was initially concerned that the notes had been written at Singer's attorney's behest, and therefore constituted confidential attorney-client communications.

The defense said if the judge doesn't dismiss the case, he should at least prevent prosecutors from using the "tainted recordings" at trial and order a hearing to "uncover the full truth about the recordings and the government's efforts to fabricate and hide evidence".

"The extraordinary Government misconduct presented in this case threatens grave harm to Defendants and the integrity of this proceeding", the lawyers argue, according to court documents obtained by ET on Wednesday.

A motion filed Wednesday by their lawyers accuses prosecutors of "extraordinary" misconduct.