Lori Loughlin Agrees To Plead Guilty In College Admission Scam Court Case

By Emily Lee

May 21, 2020

Over a year after being named in the college admissions scandal, Lori Loughlin has agreed to a plea deal. Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli faced charges of money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to commit mail, conspiracy to commit federal programs bribery and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud. They both faced up to 50 years in prison.

Unlike the majority of the defendants, such as fellow actress Felicity Huffman, in the college admissions scandal, Loughlin and Giannulli did not plead guilty early on in exchange for a lenient punishment. Legal experts believed prosecutors would try to make an example out of Loughlin and Gianulli by pursuing a lengthy jail sentence because they pleaded not guilty. Court documents now reveal, however, that Loughlin and Giannulli will get a light sentence, after all.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office in the District of Massachusetts, Loughlin will serve a two month sentence, pay a $150,000 fine and have two years of supervised release with 100 hours of community service for conspiracy charges. Giannulli, however, will be sentenced to five months in prison for his involvement, as well as pay a $250,000 fine and undergo 250 hours of community service.

It's possible that they both will serve their short sentences under house arrest, as well, due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns.

This is a developing story.

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