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Hollywood Stars Allegedly Bribed Kids Into College

Full House star Lori Loughlin's YouTube star daughter is being criticised online after her mother was among those charged in a plot to help wealthy American's bribe their children's way into universities.

Olivia Jade Giannulli, who is the 19-year-old daughter of Lori Loughlin and designer Mossimo Giannulli, started attending classes at the University of Southern California last year. 

They reportedly payed $500,000 to get Olivia into the University of Southern California as a fake rowing recruit. Their other daughter also attends the college.

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Last year, the 19-year-old faced backlash for admitting that she didn't "really care about school" and just wanted to experience "game days and partying". 

In a video posted to her YouTube channel, she confessed: "I don't know how much of school I'm gonna attend. But I'm gonna go in and talk to my deans and everyone, and hope that I can try and balance it all. But I do want the experience of like game days, partying... I don't really care about school, as you guys all know."

It was also revealed that the YouTuber was paid to post sponsored content for Amazon Prime, which featured an image of her inside her USC dorm room.

"Officially a college student! It's been a few weeks since I moved into my dorm and I absolutely love it. I got everything I needed from Amazon with @primestudent and had it all shipped to me in just two-days," the post reads.

Last month, Olivia admitted to preferring to film YouTube videos than attend university.

"YouTube will always be my #1 passion. I promise I'd way rather be filming 24/7 than sitting in 6 hours of classes straight but an education is also super important to me so thank u for ur patience and letting me figure out time management . Ily bbs," she wrote.

A total of 46 people were arrested, including Olivia's mother Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, in an investigation dubbed Operation Varsity Blues.

Prosecutors said parents paid an admissions consultant from 2011 through last month to bribe coaches and administrators to label their children as recruited athletes, to alter test scores and to have others take online classes to boost their children's chances of getting into schools.

The coaches worked at such schools as Stanford, Georgetown, Wake Forest, the University of Southern California and University of California, Los Angeles.

Authorities said coaches in such sports as soccer, tennis and volleyball accepted bribes to put students on lists of recruited athletes, regardless of their ability or experience. That, in turn, boosted the students' chances of admission.

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The bribes allegedly came through an admissions consulting company in California. Authorities said parents paid the founder of the Edge College & Career Network approximately $US25 million to get their children into college.

Court documents show Oscar-nominated actress Felicity Huffman paying $US15,000 that she disguised as a charitable donation so that her daughter could take part in the college entrance cheating scam.

Court papers said a cooperating witness met with Huffman and her husband, actor William H. Macy, at their Los Angeles home and explained the scam to them. The co-operator told investigators that Huffman and her spouse "agreed to the plan".

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