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Investigators in the college admissions cheating scandal captured conversations between William “Rick” Singer, the scam’s admitted ringleader who wore a wire for federal prosecutors, and the women he dated, court records show.

Federal prosecutors in Boston made the disclosure in a recent filing in the closely watched case against Loughlin and several other defendants. Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, allegedly paid Singer and his sham charity $500,000 to help their daughters be admitted to the University of Southern California as fake crew recruits. They have pleaded not guilty.

They’re among dozens of parents accused of bribing Singer to have their children falsely classified as athletic recruits or to fraudulently boost their scores on admissions tests.


In a court filing, prosecutors said that many of the conversations between Singer and women he dated are not pertinent to the case and that a defense request for the recordings amounts to “little more than an impermissible fishing expedition."

“Many of the communications that were deemed non-pertinent are personal in nature," they wrote. "At least four-and-a-half hours’ worth are calls between Singer and women he dated.”

Loughlin and Giannulli were two of the 19 defendants named Tuesday in a fourth superseding indictment, which primarily rehashed allegations detailed in previous filings.

In an email to Singer in April 2016, Giannulli wrote that he had "some concerns and want to fully understand the game plan and make sure we have a road map for success as it relates to [our older daughter] and getting her into a school other than ASU!” the indictment stated.

Giannulli didn’t explain why he didn’t want his daughter attending Arizona State University.

Singer replied that “if you want [U]SC I have the game plan ready to go into motion. Call me to discuss.”

In November 2018, Singer called Loughlin, according to the indictment. By that time, he had agreed to cooperate with investigators, who had him outfitted with a wire.


Singer allegedly told Loughlin that his charity was being audited by the IRS, which was probing six-figure payouts that Loughlin and her husband had made to Singer’s charity, the indictment stated.

“So I just want to make sure that you know that, one, that you’re probably going to get a call and that I have not told them anything about the girls going through the side door, through crew, even though they didn’t do crew to get into USC," he said. "So I, that is, all I told them was that you guys made a donation to our foundation to help under-served kids.”

Loughlin replied, “Um-hmm,” the indictment said.

Lawyers for Loughlin and Giannulli have said the couple believed all their payments would go to USC “for legitimate, university-approved purposes — or to other legitimate charitable causes.”

In a filing last week, prosecutors said a number of defendants, including Loughlin and Giannulli, have “not yet produced any discovery” evidence in the case.

Danny McDonald of the Globe staff contributed to this report.

Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.