Former Full House and 90210 star, as well as the face of Hallmark movies, Lori Loughlin has reportedly agreed to serve two months behind bars as part of her plea deal in the college admissions scandal. Her husband fashion designer, Mossimo Giannulli, is expected to serve five months.
In 2019, Loughlin, 55, and Giannulli, 56, along with other celebrities including Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman, author Jane Buckingham and Hotpockets heiress Michelle Janavs – were accused of cheating, wire and mail fraud in order to get their kids into various colleges.
Loughlin and Giannulli’s daughters, social media influencer, Olivia Jade and Isabella were admitted into the University of Southern California as crew recruits, although neither of them ever rowed. The couple paid $500,000 in bribes to accomplish this feat, which included photoshopping photos of the two rowing.
After more than a year of insisting on their innocent, the couple has reportedly agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and mail fraud. In addition, Giannulli will also plead guilty to honest services wire and mail fraud.
According to the New York Post, Loughlin will also perform 100 hours of community service and pay a $150,000 fine. Her husband will pay a $250,000 fine and 250 hours of community service, according to court documents.
“Under the plea agreements filed today, these defendants will serve prison terms reflecting their respective roles in a conspiracy to corrupt the college admissions process and which are consistent with prior sentences in this case,” said United States Attorney Andrew Lelling. “We will continue to pursue accountability for undermining the integrity of college admissions.”
An attorney for the couple declined to comment.
By comparison, fellow TV-actress Felicity Huffman was sentenced to 14 days in prison — though prosecutors recommended on month.
Janavs received five months — which she is hoping to serve at home due to the coronavirus pandemic. She admitted paying $100,000 to boost one of her daughter’s test scores and $200,000 to have another daughter labeled as a fake beach volleyball recruit.
Loughlin’s and Giannulli’s daughters are “devastated” that their mom and dad have plead guilty for their roles in the college admissions scandal, Page Six said Thursday.
Isabella and her 20-year-old influencer sister Olivia Jade are afraid for their actress mom, US Weekly reported.
“Olivia and Bella were devastated when Lori and Mossimo told them they were pleading guilty,” a source told the mag.
The couple are the 23rd and 24th parents to plead guilty in the case.