College Admission Scandal - Lori Loughlin Pleads Guilty, Set to Serve Prison Time
Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli will be serving prison time.
The saga is finally over. The authorities revealed on May 21 Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli will complete prison time and face a substantial penalty after reaching a plea bargain in their college admission scandal.
The 'Full House' star and her designer partner had pled not guilty in the lawsuit last year. The couple made global news after they were charged in March 2019 for allegedly paying a $500,000 bribe to bring their daughters into the University of Southern California as crew team recruits despite none of the girls taking part in the sport.
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As per the U.S. Attorney's Office in Massachusetts, the LA-based couple will plead guilty at an upcoming court date — specifically, Lori - who still had support of her other daughter - "will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud." In comparison, her spouse "will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and honest services wire and mail fraud."
In the provisions of the settlement, which is open to the consent of the judge, Lori will be doing two months in jail, receiving a $150,000 penalty, and having two years in supervised probation as well as completing 100 hours of community service. At the same time, Mossimo will be spending five months behind bars, paying a fee of $250,000, performing two years of supervised parole and doing 250 hours of community service.
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In a Department of Justice press release, U.S. Attorney Andrew E. Lelling said:
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. We will continue to pursue accountability for undermining the integrity of college admissions.
In Spring 2019, the investigation attracted headlines after hundreds of parents and students were charged and punished for their involvement in the event, which prosecutors called "Operation Varsity Blues."
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Another Television actress, Felicity Huffman, was also charged for paying $15,000 to a middleman to further raise her daughter's SAT scores. Yet unlike Lori, who opposed the lawsuit very openly and maintained that she and her husband did nothing wrong, Felicity quickly pled guilty and formally apologized for her actions, a decision that satisfied the judge. On October 25, 2019, after completing 11 days of a two-week term, Felicity was released early from a California jail.
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