The famous actress, Lori Loughlin and her husband, a prominent fashion designer, have been in the news for the past year following the discovery that Lori and others had perpetrated a college entry scandal of using bribery and fraud to get their children admitted to prestigious universities. On Friday, Lori and her husband were sentenced with fines, community service and brief prison sentences.
Lori was sentenced to two months in prison, and her husband Mossimo Giannuli will have to spend 5 months in jail. The couple was ordered to report to the prison bureau on the afternoon of November 19. After their time of incarceration, the couple will enter a period of supervision where they will be required to perform community service. Lori will be required to render 100 hours of community service while her husband was sentenced to 250 hours. The couple also were given fines of $150,000 to Lori and $250,000 to Mossimo.
Lori apologized tearfully to the judge on the day that she received her sentence. She described her involvement as having been swayed to participate in a scheme that her intuition said was an immoral decision. She gave her statements on sentencing day via a remote video conference to comply with public health guidelines during the pandemic.
Lori said that she believed at the time that her decision should be based on her love for her children. Now she understands that giving them an unfair advantage only undermined their futures. She also acknowledged that her actions only exacerbated the growing levels of inequality in society. She said that she accepted her sentence as a way to make amends for her actions.
The mastermind of the scheme who helped Lori’s daughter get into the University of Southern California was William Rick Singer. Mark Hauser, an insurance executive, introduced Loughlin to Singer. He has also entered a guilty plea to charges of helping his daughter cheat on her ACT exam in a deal with prosecutors for the Loughlin case.
The judge for Lori’s case, Nathaniel Gorton, described the crime as a blatant scheme of wealthy people who conspired with an admissions consultant to commit fraud in order to enter their children into top schools. Lori was arrested in March of last year, and her first official statements to the public on the matter were that she was acting out of love for her daughters.
Lori’s sentence was less than her husband’s because prosecutors described Giannulli was the more active participant in the scandal. He also paid $500,000 that was described as a donation in order to mask the scandal to motivate a USC staff person to help recruit his daughters Isabella and Rose Giannulli. Fake profiles were created for the daughters to get them into the college athletic program.
Arguably the most famous of those who were indicted in the scandal, Lori became the public face of the story over the past year. There have been 56 parents who have been charged as participating in the scandal. Mark Hauser is another wealthy parent in Los Angeles who is likely to spend time in prison. Prosecutors are recommending a six-month prison sentence and a $40,000 fine for him.
Lori Loughlin was watched by millions on the TV show “Full House” in which she played the role of Aunt Becky. The judge stated during the sentencing that her motivations were from pure vanity and the desire for greater prestige. He pointed out that, given the level of wealth and success of her family, she had no real motivations to cheat on behalf of her daughters, and there were no excuses for her to commit these crimes.
Although her husband seemed to be the primary participant in the scandal, prosecutors still described Lori as fully compliant in the scheme. Giannulli was the one who directed the bribe payments, and he also lied about his daughters’ athletic abilities to enable her to get accepted into the college athletic program.