After nearly 18 months of speculation, the sentence for actress Lori Laughlin for her role in a massive college admissions scandal has finally been settled.
Details for the Sentence: Loughlin was sentenced on Friday to serve two months in federal prison as a result of the cheating. In addition, she was also ordered to serve two years of supervised release. As part of this release, she will need to pay a $150,000 fine and perform 100 hours of community service. The actress is best known for her role as Aunt Becky on the popular sitcom “Full House.”
Loughlin’s husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, was levied a more severe sentence. He will need to serve five months in prison, pay a $250,000 fine, and be subject to two years of supervised released with at least 250 hours of community service performed over that time period. Both sentences came down within a few hours of each other, according to the US Attorney General in the District of Massachusetts. The sentences were ordered by US District Judge Nathaniel Gorton. Loughlin and Giannulli are ordered to appear in front of the US Bureau of Prisons on November 19 to begin their prison sentences.
History of the Scandal: News of the scandal first broke in March 2019. To date, at least 53 people have been charged for their actions in trying to gain favor for their children applying to select colleges and universities. The parents were accused of paying William Rick Singer over $25 million between the years of 2011 and 2018. As the mastermind behind the scheme, Singer used the money to illegally inflate standardized test scores and to bribe admissions officials so that his clients could get their children into their preferred school. Loughlin and Giannulli admitted to paying Singer $500,000 for his services.
Specifically for Loughlin’s two daughters, Singer was able to create fraudulent profiles for the girls that passed them off as members of the crew team. Both girls were admitted into the prestigious University of Southern California (USC) as a result of the scheme. The scandal rocked the world of college admissions, highlighting how some parents go to great lengths to get their children into a choice school.
Additional Sentences: Loughlin and Giannulli were not the only defendants sentenced for getting caught up in this scandal. According to the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts, Los Angeles parent Mark Hauser is set to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud in addition to one count of honest services mail fraud. Prosecutors for Hauser’s case are asking for a prison sentence of six months, one year of supervised release, and a fine of at least $40,000.
Actress Felicity Huffman was also implicated as part of the scheme. She was sentenced last year to 11 days in jail and has already completed that time. Her sentence was not as severe, largely because she pled guilty from the onset. Huffman has yet to speak out about the experience.
Apologies Abound: Both Loughlin and Giannulli accepted their fate on Friday, apologizing for trying to use their status and money to gain admission into USC for their daughters. In her apology, Loughlin said that she had ignored her intuition and moral compass, erroneously believing that she was simply acting out of love for her children. The couple each took full responsibility for their actions. Had the pair gone to trial, they could have faced up to 20 years in prison.