Lori Loughlin’s daughters were not the only ones faking their sporting prowess.
One of the main "side doors" in Rick Singer’s college admissions scam was pretending the children of affluent parents were star athlete recruits.
On Tuesday, the woman who helped him create fake profiles, Laura Janke, pled guilty to a racketeering conspiracy charge.
She had previously denied accepting bribes, but last month accepted a plea deal which will see her testify against many of the parents of the kids she helped sneak into college.
The former University of Southern California’s Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach falsified numerous applications, inventing soccer, football, tennis, basketball, volleyball and lacrosse stars who ultimately never turned up for any of their sports.
Every time she did, Rick Singer’s charity paid $50,000 to "SC Futbol Academy", a private club run by Janke and her boss, former USC women’s head coach Ali Khosroshahin, who was also indicted.
On Tuesday she agreed to repay $130,000 — the amount prosecutors said she benefited. They are also seeking between 27 and 33 months in jail when she is sentenced on October 17 — even though the charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years.
Here is a list of all the fake athletic profiles she admitted to dreaming up:
Lori Loughlin & Mossimo Gianulli
(Actress / Fashion designer)
Paid: $500,000 — Pleading: Not guilty
Sought to admit both daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose to USC as members of the crew team — despite the fact that neither rowed competitively.
Singer had Janke set up a fake profile listing Olivia Jade as a crew coxswain for the L.A. Marina Club team, using an "action picture" of her on an ergometer rowing machine, according to court documents.
Incidentally, their high school’s guidance counselor is said to have almost busted them when he raised concerns that their college applications "contained misleading information." Mossimo allegedly confronted the counselor at the school to insist his daughter "truly was a coxswain."
(Liquor distribution company CEO)
Paid: $575,000 — Pleading: Not guilty
Allegedly subscribed to both of Rick Singer’s services: having her son’s tests corrected, as well as passing him off as a footballer to get him into USC.
After telling Singer her son was "not the team’s star but a good solid player", she admitted he had dropped out of the sport after realizing he was not "big enough" to compete. She was told football was the best way to sneak him in because it "is the sport with the lowest grades" — but he couldn’t be "hidden" at Notre Dame and Vandy because even their footballers GPA’s were too high, court documents say.
Janke is said to have created a football profile for the teen that falsely described him, among other things, as an active player on his high school football team as a member of the "defensive line" and a "long snapper" and as a member of several local and statewide championship teams between 2015 and 2017.
(Former casino executive)
Paid: $300,000 — Pleading: Not guilty
Sought to gain his daughter entry to USC as a member of the basketball team; while she played in high school, she was not at college recruitment level.
After receiving an "action photo" from Abdelaziz, court documents claim Janke set up a fake profile that described the daughter as having received numerous athletic honors, including "Asia Pacific Activities Conference All Star Team", "2016 China Cup Champions:, "Hong Kong Academy team MVP", and "Team Captain."
In the cover e-mail, Janke wrote, "Let me know if you want me to add any other awards to her profile or if you think that is enough."
Afterwards Singer reportedly advised Abdelaziz to tell anyone who asked why his daughter wasn’t turning up to practice that she had suffered a plantar fasciitis injury over the summer, "typical for lots of athletes", as which would rule her out for 6-8 months.
Bruce & Davina Isackson
(President of real estate development firm)
Paid: $600,000 — Pleading: Guilty
The Isacksons used Singer to get both their daughters into different colleges using different sports — the younger to USC as a rower, the older to UCLA as a soccer player, and also used his exam cheating trick. They paid for much of the bill with Facebook shares.
Janke’s fake profile for the younger daughter listed her as "Varsity 8 Stroke" for the Redwood Scullers and listed a number of falsified crew honors.
The older daughter Lauren’s fake soccer profile still exists on the UCLA website today. Her High school / club highlights include "Honorable mention All-WBAL selection in 2014… Team captain for Woodside Soccer Club from 2012-16… Selected Team MVP in 2015."
Despite her supposed soccer prowess, it also lists "becoming the champion of her hoseback riding division two years in a row as her greatest athletic thrill". (SIC)
(Founder and CEO drinking water and wastewater systems provider waterTALENT)
Paid: $250,000 — Pleading: Guilty
Opted to pass his son off — perhaps in a nod to the family business — as a member of USC’s men’s water polo team, even though he did not play competitively.
Records show Sloane used Amazon.com to buy water polo gear, including a ball and a cap. He also hired a graphic designer to Photoshop his son, posing with the gear, into a water polo picture. When he sent Singer the result, Singer replied it was "a little high out of the water- no one gets that high." A second attempt had his son submerged a little further.
Janke used the photo as part of his fake profile, listing him as a "Perimeter Player" who played for the "Italian Junior National Team" and the "LA Water Polo".
They were forced to choose the Italian team, because his high school didn’t even have a water polo team. When the high school inquired about it, Sloane sent Singer an email, saying it was "outrageous! They have no business or legal right considering all the students privacy issues to be calling and challenging/question [my son’s]’s application."
Donna Heinel, the former USC senior associate athletic director who is also being indicted, is said to have emailed her boss with further fabrications: "He participates in tournaments in Greece, Serbia and Portugal. I believe the parents do have money since he is enrolled in [his high school] plus is able to travel so extensively during the summer. He is small but he has a long torso but short strong legs plus he is fast which helps him win the draws to start play after goals are scored. He is an attack perimeter player."
(Former CEO of Pacific Investment Management Company, world’s largest bond manager)
Paid $500,000+ — Pleading: Not Guilty
On paper Hodge had the most athletic family of all, with three children playing three different sports at two separate colleges (and a fourth child heading to a third college).
His eldest daughter was accepted to Georgetown, having claimed to have won multiple United States Tennis Association tournaments, despite USTA records showing she never played a single match.
Janke and her boss Khosroshahin were recruited to help her younger brother and sister into USC.
The daughter went the soccer route: she was listed as a co-captain of a Japanese national soccer team, and an "All American" midfielder on a prestigious club soccer team in the United States. Her college athletic profile falsely described her as a "TOP DRAWER ESTIMATED # 3 RECRUTING CLASS IN NATION", "All Ex Patriot Japan National Select Team Player", and a member of the "All National Championship Tournament Team."
The family however had trouble even inventing a sport for the son to play; his mother reportedly couldn’t even find a picture of him playing football, so sent Janke a photo of the brother playing instead because they "looked alike".
Thus Janke set up TWO athletic profiles for him: one for football and one for tennis.
His football accolades included: "Varsity Football Sophomore – Senior Year", "Team Captain – Senior Year," and "NH Independent Schools All-American Selection 2013, 2014". Records from the teen’s high school show he did not play football other than during his freshman year.
His tennis resume meanwhile boasted he was a member of the First Team Lakes Region League, even though records show he was not on the team and never played in the league.
"Doug I have provided t[w]o profiles from Laura. Please download and send to Donna [Heinel] and ask her to use whichever one she likes," Singer told Hodge in an email. "Obviously we have stretched the truth but this is what is done for all kids. Admissions just needs something to work with to show he is an athlete."
None of Hodge’s children ever played tennis, soccer or football for their respective colleges. Just before the axe fell on Singer’s scheme, Hodge reached out in the hopes of getting a fourth child into LMU.
Todd & Diane Blake
(Entrepreneur and investor / retail merchandising executive)
Paid: $250,000 — Pleading: Not guilty
Sought to get their daughter into USC as a volleyball player, despite acknowledging she wasn’t at the level to play on a college team.
Janke set up a profile that falsified her volleyball experience, including that she had received a number of honors and played on two club volleyball teams, one of which qualified for the junior nationals three years in a row.
Although she currently enrolled at the university, she is not listed on the roster for the women’s volleyball team.
(Former senior executive at WFG National Title Insurance Company)
Paid: $400,000 — Pleading: Guilty
Sought admission to USC for his daughter and son, as purported soccer and basketball recruits respectively. They were both accepted, and neither ever played.
His daughter’s application falsely listed her as "US Club Soccer All American" in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. Singer also provided her father with a draft application essay, which stated:
"On the soccer or lacrosse field I am the one who looks like a boy amongst girls with my hair tied up, arms sleeveless, and blood and bruises from head to toe. My parents have a hard time attending my soccer matches because our opponent’s parents are always making rude remarks about that number 8 player who plays without a care for her body or anyone else’s on the field. It is true that I can be a bit intense out there on the field."
When a newly appointed coach asked her to adjust her timetable because she was going to miss all the games and practices, she was advised to report she had the plantar fasciitis injury, and would not be able to play for some time.
Janke subsequently created a fake basketball profile for the younger brother, which listed his height as 6’1", and claimed he played on his high school’s varsity basketball team from 2014 through 2016, even though school records show he didn’t play until his senior year.
A personal statement (which was actually drafted by Singer but never used) described how he knew that his actual height of 5’5" would be a detriment to making his high school’s varsity basketball team.
(Associate professor of dentistry)
Agreed to Pay: $100,000 — Pleading: Not Guilty
Conspired to pass his daughter off as a Lacrosse recruit to USC, despite her never playing competitively, court docs claim.
After being asked for materials for her fake profile, Zadeh sent a photo of his daughter cheerleading. Janke then set up the profile, listing her as an elite player on two club lacrosse teams in the Los Angeles area.
Heinel created a separate lacrosse profile falsely stating she was "one of the top defenders within the youth club development league", and was a "player who knows how to work as a team in order to win," and includedfabricated comments made to appear as though they were from the USC lacrosse coach.
However, in text messages between Zadeh and Singer, he revealed his daughter had concerns "she did not get in on her own merits", according to court documents.
"I have not shared anything about our arrangement but she somehow senses it," he wrote. "She’s concerned that others may view her differently."
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