Actress Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli, a fashion designer, have finally agreed to plead guilty to the charges levied against them in the college admissions scandal case after they stayed adamant of their innocence and refused to accept their crimes for more than a year. If their pleas are accepted, the couple will be serving prison sentences different from each other.
Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli’s decision to plead guilty makes them the 23rd and 24th parents who have accepted their inclusion in the college admissions scandal. In the investigation of the scandal, nicknamed Operation Varsity Blues, more than 50 people have been charged since March 2019.
The couple, parents to daughters Olivia Jade, 20, and Isabella Rose, 21, had been hit with multiple charges in the college admissions case, including money laundering, conspiracy, and federal program bribery, which included the accusation of giving a total collective payment of $500,000 to scam mastermind William “Rick” Singer. The bribe was to get their daughters, Olivia and Isabella, recruited to the USC crew team as athletes even though they have never participated in the sport. Loughlin and Giannulli joined scores of parents who had paid large sums of money to the Singer to fraudulently ensure that their kids went to whichever school they wished to.
While their court date is yet to be determined, as per the Massachusetts District Attorney’s Office announcement on 21st May the couple will plead guilty to the charges against them- wherein Loughlin has agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and Giannulli will be pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and honest services wire and mail fraud.
In the scenario that their pleas are accepted, Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli will be serving different prison sentences
While Loughlin will be sentenced to two months in prison, a fine of $150,000 plus two years of supervised release and 100 hours of community service, Giannulli will get five months in prison, $250,000 as fine, two years of supervised release as well as 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,” United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling said in a statement, addressing Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli’s plea deals.
The couple’s plea deal is in stark contrast to their legal defense a few weeks ago where they claimed that they have been wrongfully implicated and thus charges against them should be dismissed.