June 4, 1963
|Criminal charge(s)||Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud|
|Criminal status||Released on $1,000,000.00 bail; pleading not guilty|
|Children||3; including Olivia Jade|
Mossimo Giannulli (born Massimo Giannulli; June 4, 1963) is an American fashion designer who founded Mossimo, a mid-range American clothing company, in 1986. Giannulli and his wife, actress Lori Loughlin, were charged and arrested in March 2019 in connection with the college admissions bribery scandal, and both agreed to plead guilty to the relevant charges in May 2020.
Giannulli was born Massimo Giannulli on June 4, 1963 in Los Angeles to parents of Italian descent, Gene, an architect, and Nancy Giannulli, a homemaker. He was raised in Encino, California. In the first grade, he changed his first name to Mossimo at the suggestion of a teacher who insisted it was easier to pronounce.
Giannulli created Mossimo, a mid-range American clothing company in 1986 on Balboa Island in Newport Beach, California. Mossimo specializes in youth and teenage clothing such as shirts, jeans, jackets, socks, underwear, and accessories.
During his first year in business he grossed $1 million. The following year he made $4 million. In 1991, Mossimo expanded the line to include sweatshirts, knits, and sweaters. By 1995, the collection included women's clothing and men's tailored suits. After eight years in business, Mossimo, Inc. had grown into a multimillion-dollar lifestyle sportswear and accessories company.
After shares tumbled from $50 to $4 when the founder tried and failed to make the transition from streetwear/beachwear to high fashion, he took the brand downscale, announcing on March 28, 2000, Mossimo, Inc. a major, multi-product licensing agreement with Target stores, for $27.8 million.
College Bribery Scandal
On March 12, 2019, Giannulli and his wife Lori Loughlin were arrested in connection with their alleged involvement in a nationwide college entrance exam cheating scandal, regarding their two daughters' (including Olivia Jade) admission to USC. They were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud. They were released on $1 million bail each. They were among 50 people charged. Those charges have a maximum term of 20 years in prison, supervised release of three years, and a $250,000 fine. On April 9, they were also charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering, which has a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, supervised release of three years, and a $500,000 fine.
The indictment against the couple alleged that they had paid $500,000, disguised as a donation to the Key Worldwide Foundation, in order that the University of Southern California's (USC's) admissions committee would be led to believe that their two daughters would be joining the school's women's rowing team if admitted, when in fact neither young woman had ever trained in the sport and had no plans to do so.
On March 13, 2019, Giannulli surrendered to federal authorities in Los Angeles. In subsequent appearances at United States District Court in Los Angeles, Loughlin and Giannulli were each released on a bail bond of $1 million. Giannulli and Loughlin were then charged with the crime of money laundering and have pled not guilty to all charges.
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