Lori Loughlin to Plead Guilty in College Admissions Case
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Fuller House star Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli have agreed to plead guilty in the college admissions case, according to People. The agreement will carry with it a prison sentence.
According to People, the agreement – which is still awaiting a judge’s approval – will see Loughlin spend two months in prison and Giannulli serve five months.
The couple are accused of paying $500,000 to have their daughters enrolled at the prestigious University of Southern California as recruits on the university’s crew team despite neither girl participating in the sport.
People reports Loughlin will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and will serve two months in prison, pay a $150,000 fine and perform community service during a two-year supervised release.
Giannulli’s agreement will see the fashion designer spend five months in prison, pay a fine of $250,000 and perform 250 hours of community service during a two-year supervised release.
“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,” United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling said in a release reported by People.
According to one legal source who spoke to People, “This was a now or never deal. It was presented as the last clear chance for them to plead before going to trial, and they knew that if they were found guilty, they were realistically looking at more than a year behind bars, probably more like three or four.”
“Lori and Mossimo are going through the legal process and want to put this behind them,” a source close to the couple told People.