Lori Loughlin, husband officially plead guilty via Zoom, sentencing set for Aug. 21

David Caplan
May 22, 2020 - 1:31 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Actress Lori Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli on Friday officially changed their plea in the college admissions scandal case from not guilty to guilty, after the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston announced on Thursday that an agreement had been made that will see them serve prison time and pay hefty fines. 

The pair appeared on two different screens via a Zoom video call, entering their pleas to Judge Nathaniel Gorton.

Despite their pleas, Gorton neither rejected nor accepted the terms of their plea agreement. He said he will issue an official ruling after reviewing pre-sentencing reports. 

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Aug. 21 at 2:30 p.m. for Loughlin and 11 a.m. for Giannulli.

The couple agreed to pleas to conspiracy charges in connection with paying $500,000 to get their daughters into the University of Southern California as crew recruits even though neither girl was a rower, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston announced Thursday morning.

According to a Dept. of Justice press release, Loughlin, 55, and Giannulli, 56, will plead guilty on a date to be specified by the Court:

- The actress will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud

- Her husband fashion designer will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and honest services wire and mail fraud.

Under a plea agreement, Loughlin will serve two months in prison, pay a $150,000 fine and have two years of supervised release with 100 hours of community service.

Giannulli’s plea agreement has him serving five months in prison, paying a $250,000 fine and having two years of supervised release with 250 hours of community service.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling said, "Under the plea agreements filed today, 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. We will continue to pursue accountability for undermining the integrity of college admissions."

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