Lori Loughlin Agrees To Plead Guilty In College Admissions Scandal

Published on May 21, 2020

Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli have agreed to plead guilty to various fraud charges. The couple is in legal trouble due to their roles in the famous college admissions scam.

Loughlin is known for her role as Aunt Becky on Full House. She and her husband are accused of paying upwards of $500,000 to ensure their daughters’ admission to the University of Southern California. In collaboration with the scam’s leader, Rick Singer, they posed their daughters as crew team recruits. Neither girl actually did crew.

Neither of Loughlin’s daughters remains enrolled at USC.

The Punishment

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Massachusetts, Loughlin will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud. Her husband will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and honest services wire and mail fraud.

The plea agreement means the couple will serve jail time. Loughlin is facing two months in prison, as well as a $150,000 dollar fine and 100 hours of community service. Giannulli’s sentence is a little more severe. He is facing five months in prison, a $250,000 fine with 250 hours of community service. The couple will also be subject to two years of 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,” said United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling.

Loughlin is not the only famous name who got into serious hot water in this admissions scandal. Felicity Huffman of Desperate Housewives served eleven days in a Northern California prison in 2019 in connection with her role in the scam. Hot Pockets heiress Michelle Janavs received a five-month prison sentence earlier this year.

Olivia Smith is a Staff Writer at Grit Daily. Based in San Francisco, she covers events, entertainment, fashion, and technology. She also serves as a Voices contributor at PopSugar.

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