Lori Loughlin and husband plead guilty in U.S. college admissions scandal case

By Zach Harper

Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, have officially pleaded guilty to respective charges connected to the U.S. college admissions scandal.

The couple appeared via video link due to the coronavirus pandemic. Lori pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and mail fraud, while Mossimo pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and honest services wire and mail fraud.

The couple will be sentenced on Aug. 21. They had asked for that date to be moved up to July 30, but U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton said the Aug. 21 sentencing date stands for now, but could change.

The judge still needs to review and approve their pleas.

On May 21, a report emerged that the couple would plead guilty to charges. They will reportedly face prison time under a plea agreement, with Lori said to be set to spend two months in jail, a US$150,000 fine, two years of supervised release and 100 hours of community service.

Mossimo will reportedly serve five months in prison, pay a US$250,000 fine, have two years of supervised release and serve 250 hours of community service under the agreement, reports say.

Felicity Huffman and her husband William H. Macy leave court in Boston after Felicity was sentenced to 14 days in prison in connection with the U.S. college admissions scandal in September 2019. Photo: © JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images

Last year, 50 people were arrested in connection with the U.S. college admissions scandal, including Lori and Mossimo. The former Full House star and her husband were accused of paying US$500,000 to have their daughters admitted to the University of Southern California as crew recruits. Neither daughter had participated in the sport.

Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman. She pleaded guilty to charges connected with the scandal in 2019 and served almost two weeks in prison.

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