After months of proclaiming her innocence in the college admissions case, Full House actress Lori Loughlin has now agreed to submit a guilty plea along with husband Mossimo Giannulli. Both Loughlin and Giannulli will serve prison time, pay hefty fees, be under supervised release, and complete 100+ hours of community service, though Giannulli’s penalties are more severe than Loughlin’s across the board. The couple are the 23rd and 24th parents pleading guilty in this case, which exposed a widespread practice of wealthy parents paying large sums to gain their children admission into prestigious universities like USC.
On Thursday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts released a statement announcing Loughlin and Giannulli’s intent to plead guilty to conspiracy charges. Loughlin and Giannulli are both pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, while Giannulli is also pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit honest services wire and mail fraud.
According to the terms of their plea agreement, Loughlin will serve two months in prison followed by two years of supervised release, pay a $150,000 fine, and complete 100 hours of community service. Giannulli will serve five months in prison followed by two years of supervised release, pay a $250,000 fine, and complete 250 hours of community service.
U. S. Attorney Andrew E. Lelling gave the following statement: “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.”
The date at which Loughlin and Giannulli will formally submit their guilty plea has not yet been set.
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