College Admissions Scandal

Loughlin, Giannulli to Begin Serving Prison Sentences on Nov. 19

Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli were sentenced last month in connection with the "Operation Varsity Blues" college admissions scam

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"Full House" star Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli have been ordered to begin serving their prison sentences on Nov. 19 for their involvement in the "Operation Varsity Blues" college admissions scam.

Loughlin was ordered to serve two months behind bars while Giannulli was sentenced to five months in August after they admitted to paying $500,000 in bribes to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California as crew recruits. 

Loughlin will serve her sentence at FCI Victorville, a medium-security prison, and Giannulli at FCI Lompoc, a low security facility, according to court documents. Both facilities are located near their home in southern California.

Fighting back tears, Loughlin told a judge last month that her actions "helped exacerbate existing inequalities in society" and pledged to do everything in her power to use her experience as a "catalyst to do good."

The “Full House” star’s husband was sentenced to five months for their involvement in a nationwide college admissions cheating scheme.

"I made an awful decision. I went along with a plan to give my daughters an unfair advantage in the college admissions process and in doing so I ignored my intuition and allowed myself to be swayed from my moral compass," Loughlin said during her sentencing hearing.

In an earlier hearing, Giannulli told a judge that he "deeply" regretted the harm his actions had caused his daughters, wife and others.

"I take full responsibility for my conduct. I am ready to accept the consequences and move forward, with the lessons I've learned from this experience," Giannulli said.

The famous couple's sentencing came three months after they reversed course and admitted to participating in the college admissions cheating scheme that has laid bare the lengths to which some wealthy parents will go to get their kids into elite universities.

They are among nearly 30 prominent parents to plead guilty in the case, which uncovered hefty bribes to get undeserving kids into college with rigged test scores or fake athletic credentials.

Fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli was sentenced to five months in prison Friday for paying half a million dollars in bribes to get his two daughters into the University of Southern California.

Under the plea deals — unusual because the proposed terms were binding once accepted, instead of granting the judge sentencing discretion — Giannulli will also pay a $250,000 fine and perform 250 hours of community service. Loughlin will pay a $150,000 fine and perform 100 hours of community service.

Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband  Mossimo Giannulli will both plead guilty in their role in a widespread college admissions scandal, according to prosecutors.

Loughlin and Giannulli had insisted for more than a year that they believed their payments were "legitimate donations" and accused prosecutors of hiding crucial evidence that could prove the couple's innocence.

Their about-face came shortly after the judge rejected their bid to dismiss the case over allegations of federal agents' misconduct.

The case shattered the clean image of Loughlin, 56, who gained fame for her role as the wholesome Aunt Becky in the sitcom "Full House" that ran from the late 1980s to mid-1990s, and later became queen of the Hallmark channel with her holiday movies and the series "When Calls the Heart."

"Lori lost the acting career she spent 40 years building," her attorney BJ Trach said, describing the "devastating" impact the charges had on Loughlin's family life and career.

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