LORI LOUGHLIN SENTENCED TO 2 MONTHS IN PRISON, HER HUSBAND 5 MONTHS, IN COLLEGE ADMISSIONS SCANDAL
Friday, Aug 21, 2020
Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, were sentenced on Friday for their participation in the college admissions scandal. Giannulli was sentenced to 5 months in prison, fined $250,000, and has to complete 250 hours of community service while his wife Lori was sentenced to a 2-month stint with 100 hours of community service and a $150,000 fine, CNN reports. On Tuesday, federal prosecutors explained why Giannulli was much more involved in the criminal activity than his wife.
“He engaged more frequently with Singer, directed the bribe payments to USC and Singer, and personally confronted his daughter’s high school counselor to prevent the scheme from being discovered, brazenly lying about his daughter’s athletic abilities,” the detention memo stated. “Loughlin took a less active role, but was nonetheless fully complicit, eagerly enlisting Singer a second time for her younger daughter, and coaching her daughter not to ‘say too much’ to her high school’s legitimate college counselor, lest he catch on to their fraud.”
Loughlin and Giannulli initially plead not guilty but later changed their plea—admitting to paying the college scandal ringleader, William Rick Singer, $500,00 to secure their daughter’s spot at the University of Southern California. They were two of 55 defendants who were charged in the college admissions ring, including actress Felicity Huffman who served 11 days in prison in October 2019.
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