Lori Loughlin, Husband Sentenced to Prison in College Admissions Scandal

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The high-profile couple pleaded guilty to cheating the collegiate system in order for their children to be admitted USC.

Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, were both sentenced to prison on Friday for their part in the 2019 college admissions scandal.

Loughlin was sentenced to two months in prison and two years of supervised release during which time she must complete 100 hours of community service. She was also ordered to pay a fine of $150,000.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin O’Connell said Loughlin "opted to cheat so her children could steal two admissions spots from more capable, deserving students," according to reporters who monitored the Zoom hearing.

Loughlin reportedly cried as she addressed the judge. “I am truly, profoundly, and deeply sorry. I’m ready to face the consequences and make amends," she said, according to Boston reporter Caroline Connolly.

Giannulli was sentenced to five months in prison and two years of supervised release, during which time he must complete 250 hours of community service. He was also ordered to pay a fine of $250,000.  Giannulli reportedly must surrender by Nov. 19.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristen Kearney said Giannulli’s "conduct, in this case, evidences a complete disregard for right and wrong... He went ahead with the scheme not once, but twice," she said, according to reporter Connolly.

The Full House actress and fashion designer Giannulli initially pleaded not guilty when accused of paying the head schemer $500,000 to get both their daughters into the University of Southern California. They were set to go to trial in October. However, in May, they reversed course and pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in order to cut a deal: Five months behind bars for Giannulli and two months for Loughlin.

Loughlin, 56, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud. Giannulli, 57, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and honest services wire and mail fraud. In return for their pleas, prosecutors agreed to dismiss the tacked-on charges of money laundering and federal programs bribery.

The high-profile couple, 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 in May 2019 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.