“Full House” actress Lori Loughlin and her husband have agreed to plead guilty in the so-called college admissions scandal that first rocked higher education last spring, according to the Department of Justice.
The feds published a news release Thursday stating Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, agreed to “plead guilty to conspiracy charges in connection with securing the fraudulent admission of their two children to the University of Southern California as purported athletic recruits.”
The deal comes roughly one month after news outlets published photos showing staged rowing photos of Loughlin’s and Giannulli’s daughters that were allegedly used as part of the scam.
Loughlin is the second actress to be caught in the operation, codenamed “Operation Varsity Blues.” Last year “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman served 11 days of a 14-day sentence in jail and was fined $30,000.
As for Loughlin and Giannulli, the Justice Department’s release states:
Loughlin, 55, and Giannulli, 56, both of Los Angeles, Calif., will plead guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton on a date to be specified by the Court. Loughlin will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, while Giannulli will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and honest services wire and mail fraud.
Under the terms of Loughlin’s plea agreement, the parties have agreed to a sentence, subject to the Court’s approval, of two months in prison, a $150,000 fine and two years of supervised release with 100 hours of community service. Under the terms of Giannulli’s plea agreement, the parties have agreed to a sentence, subject to the Court’s approval, of five months in prison, a $250,000 fine and two years of supervised release with 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.
According to the feds, the two are the 23rd and 24th parents to plead guilty in the college admissions operation.
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