Lori Loughlin, Mossimo Giannulli to plead guilty in college admissions scandal
May 22 2020
Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli have changed their plea to guilty in the college bribery admission scandal. Those charges included conspiracy to commit federal programs bribery, money laundering conspiracy, filing a false tax return, aiding and abetting federal programs bribery, and aiding and abetting wire fraud and honest services wire fraud, according to the indictment. Mossimo will serve five months with 250 hours of community service, two years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.
They were both set to plead guilty Thursday at 11:30 am local time before a MA federal judge, according to the court docket.
In February, Loughlin and Giannulli's lawyers said they had evidence that would exonerate the two of wrongdoing.
Authorities say Loughlin and Giannulli helped create fake athletic profiles for the teens by sending the consultant at the center of the scheme, Rick Singer, photos of their teens posing on rowing machines.
Actress Lori Loughlin, in tan at center, leaves as her husband Mossimo Giannulli, in green tie at right, follows behind her outside the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse in Boston on April 3, 2019. Though neither of their daughters was a rower, Loughlin and Giannulli saw being a coxswain as their ticket into USC, which has an acceptance rate of 13%, the agent wrote.
Attorneys for the defendants didn't immediately respond to a Law&Crime request for comment.
The probe - dubbed Operation Varsity Blues - also ensnared actress Felicity Huffman, who served 11 days in a federal facility in Dublin, Calif., last fall after admitting to paying Singer $15,000 to boost her daughter's SAT score. The couple are the 23rd and 24th parents to plead guilty in the case. "We will continue to pursue accountability for undermining the integrity of college admissions", U.S. Attorney Andrew E. Lelling said in a Department of Justice press release.
The judge has allowed other parents, including the heiress to the Hot Pockets fortune, to put off their prison sentences because of the virus outbreak.