In a 2016 interview with the fashion blog The Hundreds, Giannulli said he convinced his dad that he was a college student by creating fake report cards and fake tuition bills. He convinced his father to send over money to pay for those fake bills, too.
“SC was expensive, so that was how I was starting my company. I used all that cash,” Giannulli told the blog.
According to The Hundreds, Giannulli attended some classes at the school and lived in a fraternity house at USC, too.
USC confirmed to CNN that Giannulli attended the school in 1984 but he was not a full-time student. He attended the College of Continuing Education, which is a non-degree program.
Of course, as we all know, Giannulli turned his T-shirt business into the fashion company “Mossimo,” which was later licensed by Target. He sold his interest in the company in 2006 and hasn’t been involved since, according to CNN.
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“I don’t know if I am supposed to say this, sorry dad. But (he) was like never enrolled in college, he faked his way through it. Yeah, so then he started his whole business with tuition money that his parents thought was going to college.”
Olivia Jade said in that interview that she used college to improve her brand, Fox News reports.
Loughlin and Gainnulli both pleaded not guilty on federal charges. The couple is accused of paying $500,000 in bribes so their children could be recruits for the University of Southern California.