Full House actress Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannuli have paid off their fines from behind bars, as part of the plea deal in the college
Full House actress Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannuli have paid off their fines from behind bars, as part of the plea deal in the college bribery scandal.
Loughlin, 56, paid off $150,000 and Giannuli, 57, paid $250,000, according to court files obtained by TMZ.
The pair are both in prison – Loughlin arrived at FCI Dublin in California on October 30 to start her two month sentence, and Giannuli handed himself in on November 19 to officials at a federal prison in Lompoc near Santa Barbara to serve a five month sentence.
The couple was among the most high-profile parents charged in the scheme, which involved hefty bribes to get undeserving teens into schools with rigged test scores or bogus athletic credentials, authorities say.
Lori Loughlin and husband Mossimo Gianulli (left) are both in prison serving their sentences
Loughlin entered the Dublin prison in California on October 30 for her two month sentence
Giannulli and Loughlin admitted in May to paying half a million dollars to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California as recruits on the crew team – even though neither girl was a rower.
Their guilty plea was a stunning reversal for the couple, whose lawyers had insisted for a year they were innocent, and accused investigators of fabricating evidence against them.
Loughlin and Giannulli were initially both ordered to report to prison on November 19, but prosecutors and the defense agreed Loughlin could begin her sentence on October 30.
Giannulli and Loughlin in August in Boston, Massachusetts. Both are currently behind bars
Giannulli reported to the federal prison in Lompoc, near Santa Barbara, on November 19
Loughlin agreed that she would not seek early release from prison on grounds related to the coronavirus pandemic.
The couple paid $500,000 to get their daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella into USC
Loughlin was also ordered to pay a $150,000 fine and perform 100 hours of community service, and Giannulli has to pay a $250,000 fine and perform 250 hours of community service.
Prosecutors recorded phone calls and emails showing the couple worked with the mastermind of the scheme, admissions consultant Rick Singer, to get their daughters into USC with fake athletic profiles depicting them as star rowers.
‘Fantastic. Will get all,’ Giannulli responded and sent Singer the photo, according to the court filings.
Nearly sixty people have been charged in the scheme led by Singer, who secretly worked with investigators and recorded his conversations with parents and coaches to help build the case against them.
Singer, who is expected to testify against any defendants who go to trial, has not yet been sentenced. More than 40 people have already pleaded guilty.
Prison terms for the parents ensnared in the scheme range from nine months to a couple of weeks.
Other parents who’ve served time behind bars in the case include Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman, who was sentenced to 14 days for paying $15,000 to rig her daughter’s SAT score.