Boston – Actress Lori Loughlin will have to serve two months in prison, and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, will do so five months after the couple pleaded guilty to conspiracy in the college admissions scandal. A federal judge accepted the couple’s plea bargaining Friday in a video sentencing hearing.
Loughlin, 56, will also pay a $ 150,000 fine, serve 100 hours of community service and be on probation for two years. Giannulli, 57, must pay a $ 250,000 fine, serve 250 hours of community service, and serve two years of controlled release.
“I am deeply sorry for the damage my actions have caused to my daughters, my wife and others. I am ready to accept the consequences and to move on with the lessons I have learned from this experience,” said Giannulli. at the hearing.
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The couple have been accused of paying $ 500,000 to secure their two daughters’ admission to the University of Southern California, masquerading as potential sports recruits. A fake CV for their daughter Olivia Jade, a YouTube star, shows the couple claiming Jade was an expert rowing machine.
Loughlin and Giannulli’s attorneys had initially claimed that the couple had done nothing wrong and that the half million dollars they paid were “legitimate donations.” A motion to drop the charges was rejected in May. The couple’s lawyers argued that federal agents trained William “Rick” Singer, the alleged head of the plan, to “bend the truth,” but US District Court Judge Nathaniel Gorton ruled that the public’s actions ministries were not at fault. Larry King loses 2 children just weeks apart
Before delivering the sentence, Judge Gorton tore Giannulli to pieces for committing .
crime motivated by pride”, “defined by gratuitous arrogance and excessive pride”. Gorton said most of the people he sees have not grown up with role models, are abused or live in squalid conditions, and face tough choices.
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“This is not your case. You describe yourself as a stable family. You are a seasoned businessman. You certainly knew better, but you sponsored a mind-blowing fraud on our education system,” the judge said. “You weren’t stealing bread for your family.”
Eugene Ansley and Audrey McNamara contributed to this report.