The judge in Lori Loughlin’s college admissions scandal case has responded to coercion allegations from her legal team.
Last month her attorneys filed a motion to dismiss the case, citing notes from the scheme’s mastermind William “Rick” Singer, in which he says that investigators instructed him to “bend the truth” and “tell a fib” in order to “retrieve responses that are not accurate.”
Singers notes say that federal investigators “fabricated evidence to create the false impression that Defendants knowingly paid bribes to corrupt insiders, rather than made legitimate donations to help their children’s chances of admission.”
The documents go on to say that investigators used this tactic because other evidence shows that the defendants “believed their payments were legitimate donations.”
“Without proof of fraudulent intent, the Government’s case falls apart,” the court filing by the defendants’ lawyers says.
U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton responded by saying that the allegations in Singer’s notes were “serious and disturbing.”
“While government agents are permitted to coach cooperating witnesses during the course of an investigation, they are not permitted to suborn the commission of a crime,” Gorton wrote.