YouTuber Olivia Jade caught up in massive FBI college fraud scandal
13 March 2019, 12:27 | Updated: 13 March 2019, 16:29
Olivia Jade's mother, Lori Loughlin, has been targeted by the FBI as part of a college admissions fraud case
YouTuber Olivia Jade has unexpectedly ended up at the centre of a massive FBI fraud investigation regarding college admissions. The FBI has charged Olivia's mother, famous actress Lori Loughlin, on suspicion of sending $500,000 worth of bribes to try and get Olivia into the University of Southern California (USC). The scam is said to have involved faking Olivia's sporting records to make it seem like she was part of a school rowing crew.
Several other Hollywood stars including Felicity Huffman were swept up in the scandal. TVLine reports that Huffman, known for her role on Desperate Housewives, a "charitable contribution" of $15,000 (£11,500) to participate in the scheme on behalf of her eldest daughter.
Olivia Jade has attended USC since late 2018, but now her place at the school has been thrown into question.
FBI Boston: 300 FBI agents and IRS agents involved. 46 people arrested...38 already in custody and 7 are turning themselves in.— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) March 12, 2019
FBI is pursuing one individual. https://t.co/JThfyUqple
The alleged scam has involved hundreds of FBI agents and focuses on a large number of individuals, including Hollywood stars.
CNN reports that 50 people were charged in investigation which - incredibly - went by the name "Operation Varsity Blues." Andrew Lelling, the US attorney for Massachusetts stated that the people arrested include nine coaches, two examination administrators, one exam proctor, one college administrator and 33 parents.
Rich parents are alleged to have paid money in order to falsify their children's academic grades or school sporting achievements so that they could get into competitive universities. Olivia's mother has not been arrested yet, but she's been charged.
Olivia's time at USC had already proved controversial.
Olivia, who is exceedingly rich, has been documenting her time at USC on her YouTube channel. She caught heat for talking on her channel about how she doesn't really want to do any school work while she's there. She told her almost two million YouTube subscribers:
“I don’t know how much of school I’m gonna attend but I’m gonna go in and talk to my deans and everyone, and hope that I can try and balance it all. But I do want the experience of like game days, partying — I don’t really care about school, as you guys all know.”
This quote is now raising even more eyebrows after Olivia's mother (allegedly) scammed her into the University in the first place.
Buzzfeed notes that there are other past quotes which could be read in a new light following these accusations. In an interview with Zach Sang, Olivia once said:
"Mostly my parents really wanted me to go because both of them didn't go to college... I'm so happy they made me go, that sounds so terrible. They didn't make me. My sister goes to the same school and we're pretty much inseparable."
Fans are shocked by the sudden turn of events.
im still laughing aunt becky rly got olivia jade into usc by committing fraud im-— pri 🦋 (@triplelutz123) March 12, 2019
SHANE DAWSON DO A 20 PART SERIES ON OLIVIA JADE AND HER MOM'S COLLEGE ADMISSIONS SCANDAL CHALLENGE!!!!!!!!!!!— elbus (@elbusyo) March 12, 2019
olivia jade getting into USC bc her rich parents bribed the school is the least surprising thing ive ever heard— jam (@parvshallows) March 12, 2019
And Olivia has received a lot of negative feedback (and memes).
the olivia jade usc thing is peak white privilege. someone who could’ve actually used the degree got denied bc she took up a spot just to party lol— idk (@sundaylany) March 12, 2019
olivia jade when people in her class ask her how she got into usc pic.twitter.com/BqVW2g17BQ— j (@timochalamt) March 12, 2019
going through the comment section of olivia jade’s instagram & someone commented “girl we need a jail cafeteria mukbang” GOODBYE— SAV ☆ (@swag_sav) March 12, 2019
We'll update the story as more information comes out.