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Lori Loughlin has agreed to plead guilty in the college admissions scandal that ensnared both the Full House actress and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, according to court documents.
The couple have agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. The actress’ plea agreement involves two months in jail and 24 months of supervised release, plus a small fine. Giannulli will do five months in jail, per court documents. A judge will ultimately decide the punishment.
Loughlin and Giannulli were scheduled to go on trial in October on charges they allegedly paid $500,000 to get their daughters into the University of Southern California as crew recruits even though neither girl was a rower.
They denied paying bribes, calling their payments legitimate donations.
The Hollywood couple were among 16 parents originally indicted on the charge of money laundering conspiracy for their involvement in the scandal. The charge came with a possible maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. According to the government, the two are now the 23rd and 24th parents to plead guilty in the college admissions case.
Both, along with 48 others, were arrested after federal prosecutors in Boston unsealed a criminal complaint in March 2019, which charged all with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud for allegedly cheating the collegiate system in order for their children to be admitted to upper-echelon universities.
Actress Felicity Huffman was also ensnared in the scandal. She pleaded guilty last May and was sentenced to 14 days in prison, a $30,000 fine and 250 hours of community service. She reported to prison Oct. 15, 2019, and was released from prison on Oct. 25.
“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 United States Attorney Andrew Lelling.
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