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Lori Loughlin Sentenced to Two Months in Federal Prison in College Admissions Scandal

Lori Loughlin. Photo: KATHERINE TAYLOR/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Lori Loughlin was sentenced to two months in federal prison on August 21, People reports, after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, related to her role in the college admissions scandal. The Full House star will also be fined $150,000 and expected to fulfill 150 hours of community service upon release.

Loughlin’s husband, Mossimo Giannulli, was sentenced to five months in federal prison earlier on August 21, per People, along with a $250,000 fine and 250 hours of community service, for two fraud-related charges. In May 2019, both Loughlin and Giannulli changed their pleas to guilty on charges that they paid Rick Singer to help claim their daughters were accomplished rowers so they could be admitted to the University of Southern California as crew team recruits. Their sentencing marks one of the final major moments of the college admissions scandal, which also implicated actor Felicity Huffman last year. Giannulli must report to prison by 2 p.m. on November 19, according to CNN. It’s not yet clear when Loughlin will have to report to prison, said People.

According to the sentencing memo, 20-year-old daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli knew about the scam and discussed “how to avoid the possibility that a high-school counselor would disrupt their scheme” with her parents. Giannulli called the high-school counselor a “nosey bastard,” according to the memo, and confronted the counselor in person after they expressed doubts to USC about Olivia Jade’s rowing; after the confrontation, the counselor confirmed to Giannulli that USC knew Olivia Jade “is truly a coxswain.” The sentencing memo also claimed, “Loughlin took a less active role, but was nonetheless fully complicit.”

Huffman, the other most high-profile celebrity involved with the college admissions scandal, served just 11 days of a 14-day prison sentence last year after pleading guilty to fraud charges for her attempt to up her daughter’s SAT score. Giannulli and Loughlin maintained their not-guilty pleas for over a year, even after trying and failing to get the charges dismissed in March.

This story has been updated with news of Loughlin’s sentencing.

Lori Loughlin Sentenced in College Admissions Scandal