Olivia Jade Giannulli, 19, embroiled in a uni bribes college scandal, was a powerful social media influencer on the rise before her parents were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud.
Court papers found the couple of colluding to bribe college officials with payments worth $500,000 so that Olivia Jade and her sister Isabella Rose Giannulli, 20, could go to the University of Southern California.
Olivia Jade’s parents are designer Mossimo Giannulli, whose label is featured at Target stores. Her mother, Lori Loughlin, was the squeaky clean star of “Fuller House”.
Loughlin appeared in Los Angeles Court on Wednesday, a day after her husband’s appearance. Giannulli was released on $1 million bail, and Loughlin also had to pay bail of the same amount.
Olivia Jade, with 1.9 million Youtube followers and 1.3 Instagram followers, promotes paid-advertisement posts from SmileDirectClub, Amazon Prime Student and Sephora.
“Officially a college student!” she wrote in a September post. “I got everything I needed from Amazon.”
Now, the shamed influencer, has already been dropped by Sephora and other brands are distancing themselves from Olivia Jade.
Amid all the criticism, John Stamos has shown support as a friend of the family following his participation in “Full House” with Loughlin, with whom he shared a brief real-life romance. Stamos and Loughlin starred on the show together from 1987-1995, when Loughlin played Rebecca Donaldson Katsopolis.
He took to social media with a post “for those who need a good smile”.
A total of fifty people, including actress Felicity Huffman, have been indicted after an FBI investigation into a scheme to get their children into elite universities. Giannulli, Loughlin, Huffman and many more allegedly paid millions of dollars worth of bribes to get their children admitted to Yale, Stanford and many other schools.