Lori Loughlin, Mossimo Giannulli Agree To Prison Time in College Admissions Scam

The couple agreed to plead guilty in connection to an admissions scandal that embroiled dozens of wealthy parents who allegedly paid their kids’ way into elite colleges.

Lori Loughlin leaving court in April 2019. Getty Images.

Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli have moved to change their plea to guilty in the college admissions scandal and agreed to jail time. 

On Thursday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office of Massachusetts announced that the 55-year-old actress and her fashion designer husband, 56, will plead guilty to charges after a federal judge denied an earlier motion to drop charges. The couple’s plea agreements will be subject to a court’s approval, and authorities said they are scheduled to plead guilty on Friday at 11:30 a.m. ET.

Loughlin is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud; under the plea agreement, she’ll be sentenced to two months in prison, 100 hours of community service, a $150,000 fine, and two years of supervised release. Giannulli was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and honest services wire and mail fraud, and agreed to five months in prison, a $250,000 fine, two years of supervised release, and 250 hours of community service. 

The couple is accused of paying $500,000 to the University of Southern California (USC) to get their two daughters falsely admitted as crew recruits. Loughlin and Giannulli are just two in a web of dozens of wealthy parents involved in a college admission scam revealed last year. Those parents have been accused of paying to falsify their childrens’ test scores in order to gain their acceptance to elite schools as well as falsely claiming their children were recruited as athletes.

In October, actress Felicity Huffman served a two-week prison sentence in connection to her charges in the scandal. Huffman admitted to paying $15,000 to have her daughter’s SAT scores boosted using a proctor. She pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. 

Just two weeks ago, Loughlin and Giannulli pleaded not guilty after federal Judge Nathaniel Gorton refused to drop charges against the couple, along with 12 others in the case. In their defense, parents in the case claimed that the federal government entrapped them and that they believed their payments were donations to the colleges, the Washington Post reported. 

If Loughlin and Giannulli had gone to trial and been convicted for the conspiracy charge, they could have faced up to 20 years in prison.