After more than a year of fighting charges in the Varsity Blues College Admission Scandal, Full House star Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, have suddenly changed their plea to guilty. The couple has accepted a plea agreement with federal prosecutors after paying bribes to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California.
According to Page Six, Loughlin and Giannulli will plead guilty to conspiracy charges for paying Rick Singer $500,000 to get their daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose admitted into USC as crew recruits even though neither ever participated in the sport.
Aunt Becky Lori Loughlin and her husband will never serve a day of that 2 month sentence. I'm sure they'll use coronavirus so they can serve their time at home. Pretty sure that's the only reason they entered that plea after all this time.
— Lady Jones (@tljones1908) May 21, 2020
Loughlin will reportedly plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and mail fraud, and Giannulli will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and mail fraud and honest services wire and mail fraud.
Per their agreement, Loughlin will serve two months in a federal prison, perform 100 hours of community service, and pay a $150,000 fine. Per his plea, Giannulli will serve five months in prison, perform 250 hours of community service, and pay a $250,000 fine.
“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,” said US Attorney Andrew E. Lelling.
I bought my son a used 2004 Honda Civic so he could go to community college. So I feel their pain. https://t.co/2EuTyh4Yd7
— Chip Franklin (@chipfranklin) May 21, 2020
Both Loughlin and Giannulli originally pleaded not guilty to the myriad of charges against them, and they were facing decades in prison if convicted on all counts. Ultimately, they decided to change their plea after the judge in their case refused to dismiss the charges against them.
The couple has not yet entered their guilty pleas, and they are subject to approval by the judge.
Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli are the latest parents to plead guilty in the college admission scandal that broke in 2019. Federal prosecutors charged more than two dozen wealthy parents – plus numerous college coaches and college officials – with various crimes related to a rigged system that helped them gain admission for their children into elite universities.
In October, Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman pleaded guilty to her role in the scandal and she was sentenced to 14 days in prison.