The “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli have agreed to plead guilty to fraud conspiracy charges for their involvement in the nationwide college admissions cheating scandal.
Both will serve time in prison under the terms of their plea agreements according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
As part of the plea agreement, Loughlin will be sentenced to two months in prison and Giannulli will be sentenced to five months in prison, subject to the court’s approval, according to authorities.
Most parents have already pleaded guilty in the case, including “Desperate Housewives” actress Felicity Huffman. She served nearly two weeks in prison after she admitted to paying $15,000 to have someone correct her daughter’s entrance exam answers.
Also, Loughlin faces a $150,000 fine, two years of supervised release, and 100 hours of community service, and Giannulli faces a $250,000 fine, two years of supervised release and 250 hours of community service.
Loughlin, 55, and Giannulli, 56, were accused in March of paying $500,000 to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California as fake crew team recruits.
They allegedly paid the money as part of a scheme with Rick Singer, the scam’s mastermind, and a USC athletics official to get their two daughters into the university as members of the crew team, even though they did not participate in the crew.
They had previously denied paying bribes and said they believed their payments were legitimate donations.
Prosecutors have agreed to dismiss charges of money laundering and federal programs bribery that were added after the case was filed.
Under the plea agreements filed, these defendants will serve prison terms reflecting their respective roles in a conspiracy to corrupt the college admissions process and which are consistent with prior sentences in this case,” said US Attorney Andrew E. Lelling. “We will continue to pursue accountability for undermining the integrity of college admissions.”
Loughlin and Giannulli were among 50 people arrested last year in the case dubbed “Operation Varsity Blues.” . They are the 23rd and 24th parents to plead guilty in the case.