Actress Lori Loughlin, 55, and her husband Mossimo Giannulli, 56 plead guilty to charges in the college admissions bribery case on May 22nd.
The court hearing was held before US District Judge Nathaniel Gorton in Massachusetts via Zoom. Both Loughlin and Giannuli appeared in separate rooms with their respective lawyers. When asked if they disagree with the government’s statement of facts, both responded with “No, your honor.”
Loughlin pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, and Giannulli pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and honest services wire and mail fraud. Their sentencing is scheduled for August 21st.
The charges initially carry up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000, the couple entered the agreement, under which Loughlin will serve two months in prison, as well as face a $150,000 fine, two years of supervised release and 100 hours of community service. Giannulli will be sentenced to five months, a $250,000 fine, two years of supervised release and 250 hours of community service.
The three counts of conspiracy charges had been dismissed for both.
Loughlin and Giannulli previously pleaded not guilty for a year, maintaining their innocence after being accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to get their daughters into the University of Southern California as crew team recruits, even though neither of the girls played the sport. A total of 22 parents had pleaded guilty before them in following the overall scam scandal.
United States Attorney Andrew Lelling said the couple’s plea agreements and prison terms reflect “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.”