Who is Lori Loughlin
Lori Loughlin is an American actress who became famous for her role on Full House. Full House was an American sitcom that was popular in the late 80s and early 90s. Apart from her role on this sitcom, Loughlin also acted in several movies and television series. Loughlin went on to produce and co-produce a few television series as well. Lori Loughlin is the mother of two daughters, and she is married to Mossimo Giannulli. Mossimo Giannulli is a famous clothing designer. It has been said that Loughlin has led the dream life; she has spent the majority of her life in a state of abundance, and she has been used to getting what she wanted.
The Scandal with College Admissions
Mossimo Giannulli and Lori Loughlin wanted their daughters to get into the University of Southern California. Since this was something that was not going to be possible based on academics or athletics, the couple decided to commit fraud in order to get their daughters in. A William Rick Singer masterminded a plan to get some wealthy children in the college of their dreams without having to go through the standard admission process. All that the parents had to do was commit fraud and pay $500,000. This was a scam that would involve coaches, administrators, teachers and several families. Giannulli was more involved in the plan than Loughlin, but they both were aware of what was going on. Things seemed to be working out as planned, but then in March of last year, the fraud was discovered and both Giannulli and Loughlin were arrested.
The Fight for no Guilt
At first, the couple pleaded not guilty along with a long list of other defendants. They were all hoping that they could take their chances in court and come out without a conviction. As things unraveled, it became clear that a not-guilty plea was not going to be wise. Since there was so much evidence mounted against them, if found guilty by a jury, they would have possibly faced up to 20 years in prison. Due to the gravity of the possible sentences, the couple decided to plead guilty to conspiracy charges. This was a huge blow to the couples image, and it also will mean that they both would be convicted felons.
What now for Giannulli and Loughlin
Giannulli and Loughlin were able to get a plea bargain in order to face much less time in prison. Loughlin will face two months in federal prison, and she will also have two years of supervised release. During that time, she will have to do 100 hours of community service as well. Apart from the sentence, she will also have to pay a fine of $150,000. Giannulli received a harsher sentence since he was more involved in the scandal. He was sentenced to five months in prison, two years of supervision, 250 hours of community service and a fine of $250,000. The couple has expressed deep regret for the crimes that they committed; they both recognized that what they did was a mistake, and they expressed willingness to accept the charges leveled against them. The judge in this case was more harsh than some of the judges in the cases with codefenders.