Lori Loughlin of “Fuller House” fame has just agreed to plead guilty to the charges against her in the college admissions scandal.
Fox News reported that the Massachusetts District Attorney’s Office announced on Thursday that both Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli will plead guilty to the charges at a yet-to-be determined court date, and that they will each be serving time behind bars. Loughlin is set to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, while her husband is going to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and honest services wire and mail fraud.
Assuming the judge accepts the term of their plea agreements, Loughlin and Giannulli will each be serving time in prison. Loughlin’s sentence would be two months behind bars, a $150,000 fine, two years of supervised release and 100 hours of community service. Meanwhile, Giannulli would go to prison for five months, pay a $250,000 fine with two years of supervised release and 250 hours of community service.
“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 E. Lelling.
Loughlin and Giannulli have spent over a year fighting the charges against them in the college admissions scandal after they were accused of paying $500,000 in bribe money to have their two daughters admitted to the University of Southern California as members of the crew team, even though neither girl had ever rowed before. They had claimed that they thought the money they paid to William “Rick” Singer, the mastermind behind the scandal, was a legitimate donation to the school, rather than a bribe.
Prosecutors, however, had always maintained that Loughlin and Giannulli had knowingly committed a crime and proceeded to hit them with additional criminal charges after their initial not guilty pleas. The couple quickly found themselves each facing 45 years in prison if convicted on all charges, which likely is partly what led them to throw in the towel and take this deal.
We will update you further as this story develops.
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