Actress Lori Loughlin, well known for her role in Full House, was released from a Dublin, California federal prison today after serving two months for her role in a college admissions scandal that gained nationwide attention.
In March of 2019 Loughlin , along with her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli, were arrested and charged in connection to a college admissions scheme that rigged test scores and altered athletic credentials to ensure their children got into top schools. According to the LA Times, in a May 2020 plea deal the pair admitted to paying $500,000 to USC in exchange for their two daughters to be recruited to the school as a part of a crew rowing team although the girls did not participate in the sport. The plea deal came as a shock to some being that the couples lawyers adamantly argued that investigators had been fabricating evidence against them for a year.
Giannulli and Loughlin were both set to begin their federal prison time on Nov.19, 2020 , but Loughlin entered into her sentence early on Oct.30. In addition to the two months she has served, Lori was ordered to pay $150,000 in fines , complete 100 hours of community service, and complete 2 years of supervised release. Giannulli is currently serving his five month sentence at a federal prison near Santa Barbara, CA and will be expected to be released on April 17,2021 says the Bureau of Prisons. “Giannulli received a harsher sentence because he was the more active participant”, reports prosecutors.
Of the nearly 60 coaches and parents who have funneled bribes through a illegitimate charity that was run by an admissions consultant, dozens are still suffering the legal consequences of their actions. Jail time for the guilty plea offenders range from two weeks to nine months depending on the role.