Lori Loughlin’s Husband Sentenced to 5 Months in College Admissions Scandal

Jack Phillips
By Jack Phillips
August 21, 2020Entertainment
Lori Loughlin’s Husband Sentenced to 5 Months in College Admissions Scandal
Actress Lori Loughlin departs hand in hand with her husband, clothing designer Mossimo Giannulli (L) in Boston, Mass., on Aug. 27, 2019. (Philip Marcelo/AP)

Former “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin’s husband Mossimo Giannulli, the fashion designer, received five months in prison after pleading guilty to charges in connection to a college admissions scandal.

Giannulli was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and one count of honest services wire and mail fraud. He pleaded guilty to the charges.

He’ll also have to pay a $250,000 fine and complete 250 hours of community service.

He and his attorneys attended court in a Zoom call. Judge Nathaniel Gorton said in the call that he would accept Giannulli’s plea deal.

Gorton said the sentence and fine are “sufficient but not greater than necessary punishment under the circumstances.”

Loughlin is expected to be sentenced later on Friday.

The two were both charged in 2019 and were accused of paying $500,000 to Rick Singer to falsely say that their daughters Olivia Jade Giannulli, 20, and Isabella Rose Giannulli, 21, were recruits to the University of Southern California crew team. The two girls never partook in the sport, according to a criminal complaint.

Olivia Jade, who had a significant following on YouTube and Instagram, has not been charged in the case.

Lori Loughlin and daughters
Isabella Giannulli, Lori Loughlin, and Olivia Giannulli attend the Teen Choice Awards 2017 at Galen Center in L.A., Calif., on Aug. 13, 2017. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

“In January 2018, Loughlin, Giannulli, and their younger daughter discussed how to avoid the possibility that a high school counselor would disrupt their scheme,” a  sentencing memo reads. “When their daughter asked whether she should list USC as her top choice school, Loughlin allegedly replied: ‘Yes. … But it might be a flag for the weasel to meddle.'”

Loughlin’s plea deal with prosecutors stipulates that she would spend about two months in prison.

The two are among about 30 prominent parents who admitted to charges in the scheme, which involved bribes to get their children into colleges with falsified test scores and athletic credentials, according to prosecutors.

“Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman served 11 days in prison last year after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

Singer, who also pleaded guilty, was expected to testify against the couple if they went to trial.

Lawyers for Loughlin and Giannulli previously argued that the couple believed the payments were “legitimate donations” that would go directly to USC as a fundraising gift or support Singer’s charity. They also accused prosecutors of hiding crucial evidence that could prove the couple’s innocence because it would undermine their case.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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