Former “Full House” actor Lori Loughlin has been awarded two years of imprisonment in connection to the college admission scandals involving dozens of parents as accused. Her husband Mossimo Giannulli has also been sentenced to five months to prison by the federal judge.
Besides the two month imprisonment, Loughlin will also serve two years of supervised release with a 100 hours of community service and directed to pay $150000, as communicated by the US attorney for the District Massachusetts. Hours before her sentence, a federal judge sentenced her husband Mossimo Giannuli to five months prison, two years of supervised release with 250 hours of community service. He is also liable to pay a $250,000 fine.
They were found guilty for their role in paying the bribe to help get their daughters’ admission in college. There are dozens of other parents accused in the case but Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannuli are among the highest-profile parents in the fraud.
They have paid scheme’s mastermind, William Rick Singer, $500,000 to secure admissions of their daughters at the University of Southern California.
Actoress had pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud. During the virtual hearing, she had apologized, ” truly profoundly and deeply sorry.”
“I made an awful decision. I went along with a plan to give my daughters an unfair advantage in the college admissions process. I now understand that my decision helped exacerbate existing inequalities in society generally and the higher education system more specifically,” said Loughlin.
U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton reprimanded Lori Loughlin calling her an admired successful professional actor who enjoyed fairy tale life. He stated, “Yet you stand before me a convicted felon, and for what? For the inexplicable desire to grasp even more. To have whatever prestige and instant gratification that comes from being able to show off the admission of your daughters to a preferred university.”
Gurton further said, “You helped sponsor a breathtaking fraud on our system of education and involved your wife and your two daughters in cheating and faking their ways into a prestigious university.”