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

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Lori Loughlin's fate in the college admissions scandal is finally known. After months of speculation, a federal judge ordered the former Full House star to serve two months in prison during a court proceeding held on August 21, per multiple reports. In keeping with the accepted plea deal, Loughlin will also pay a $150,000 fine and two years of supervised release with 100 hours of community service. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin O’Connell told the court via Zoom that “Loughlin opted to cheat so her children could steal two admissions spots from more capable, deserving students.” According to the Associated Press, he insisted on prison time to demonstrate that “everyone, no matter your status, is accountable in our justice system.”

Her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, will serve five months after the same federal judge accepted his plea deal, according to AP. Giannulli will pay a $250,000 fine and need to complete 250 hours of community service. Both proceedings took place over video conference due to the coronavirus pandemic

Loughlin and Giannulli officially pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud back in May, according to E! Online

The college admissions scandal news first broke in March 2019, when it was revealed that a number of wealthy parents across America—including Loughlin, Giannulli, and actor Felicity Huffman—had either paid a college prep organization to take entrance exams like the SAT and ACT for their children or falsified documents and paid bribes to make it seem like the kids were being recruited as college athletes. 

The latter was the case for Loughlin and Giannulli, who were initially accused of paying $500,000 to have their two daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella, billed as recruits for the University of Southern California crew team under false pretenses. 

Huffman served a 14-day sentence back in October, but it was the involvement of Lori Loughlin (a.k.a. Aunt Becky) that really drew people in when the scandal first broke—and again as she was finally sentenced.

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