After a year of back-and-forth, Loughlin has conceded her guilt.
Back in March of 2019, actress Lori Loughlin, as well as her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, were accused of participating in a large-scale scam to bribe high-level colleges into accepting their children. Over the course of the past year, and as recently as a few weeks ago, Loughlin and Giannulli have insisted on their innocence, despite mounting evidence to the contrary. It seems, however, that the wife-and-husband pair have finally come to the end of their rope.
Today, the US Attorney’s Office in the District of Massachusetts announced that Loughlin and Giannulli will officially plea guilty to all of their charges on Friday, May 22. The two have been charged with conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, as well as honest services wire and mail fraud in Giannulli’s case. As a part of the couple’s plea bargain, Loughlin will be sentenced to two months in prison, a $150,000 fine, two years of supervised release and 100 hours of community service. Giannulli’s sentence will be slightly more severe, as he will face five months in prison, a $250,000 fine, two years of supervised release and 250 hours of community service.
“Under the plea agreements filed today, these defendants will serve prison terms reflecting their respective roles in a conspiracy to corrupt the college admissions process and which are consistent with prior sentences in this case,” said US Attorney Andrew E. Lelling. “We will continue to pursue accountability for undermining the integrity of college admissions.”
According to CNN legal analyst Elie Honig, the two are getting off relatively easily compared to the penalties they would have incurred had they decided to go to court. “The stakes at trial were really high for these two,” she said. “Had they gone to trial and lost, they were looking at several years each. So they really cut their losses here by cutting these pleas.”
Loughlin and Giannulli are the 23rd and 24th parents to plead guilty in the college admissions scandal, respectively. The mastermind of the scam, William “Rick” Singer, currently faces up to 65 years in prison, and a fine of $1.25 million.