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Lori Loughlin gets 2 months in prison in college admissions scandal. Her husband Mossimo Giannulli will serve 5 months. – CBS News

Boston — Actress Lori Loughlin will serve two months in prison and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, will serve five months after the couple pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in the college admissions scandal. A federal judge on Friday accepted plea deals from the couple in a video sentencing hearing.

Loughlin, 56, will also pay a $150,000 fine, serve 100 hours of community service and be under supervised release for two years. Giannulli, 57, is required to pay a fine of $250,000, serve 250 hours of community service and serve two years of supervised release.

“I deeply regret the harm that my actions have caused my daughters my wife and others. I’m ready to accept the consequences and move forward with the lessons I’ve learned from this experience,” Giannulli said at the hearing.

The couple was accused of paying $500,000 to secure their two daughters’ admission to the University of Southern California by masquerading them as potential athletic recruits. A fake resume for their daughter Olivia Jade, a YouTube star, shows the couple pretended Jade was an accomplished rower.

Attorneys for Loughlin and Giannulli originally said the couple did nothing wrong and the half-million dollars they paid were “legitimate donations.” A motion to dismiss the charges was denied in May. The couple’s attorneys argued that federal agents had coached William “Rick” Singer, the alleged ringleader of the scheme, to “bend the truth,” but U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel Gorton ruled the prosecutors’ actions did not constitute misconduct.

Prior to rendering the sentence, Judge Gorton ripped into Giannulli for committing a “crime motivated by hubris” that is “defined by wanton arrogance and excessive pride.” Gorton said most of the people he sees did not grow up with role models, are abused, or live in squalid conditions and face tough choices.

“That’s not the case with you. You, yourself, describe a stable family. You are an informed businessman. You certainly did know better but you sponsored a breathtaking fraud on our system of education,” the judge said. “You were not stealing bread for your family.”

Eugene Ansley and Audrey McNamara contributed to this report.

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Lori Loughlin, Mossimo Giannulli Face Sentencing in College Admissions Scandal – TMZ

Lori Loughlin, Mossimo Giannulli
Sentencing Day in Admissions Scandal
… Judge Holds Their Fates

8/21/2020 1:00 AM PT

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Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are about to learn their fate in their college admissions case, and there are some interesting twists and turns.

The hearing will go down Friday afternoon — it will be a virtual appearance with Lori and Mossimo via Zoom from their home in Los Angeles. As we reported, they struck a plea deal back in May with federal prosecutors.

Both pled guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud — and Lori agreed to serve 2 months in prison, while Mossimo will do 5 months. He also pled guilty to an additional charge of honest services wire and mail fraud.

Based on their deal, house arrest is off the table … they will have to go to prison.

Now the judge has the power to either accept the plea deal, propose different sentences or reject it entirely. Typically the judge accepts the deal, but if he does not or wants a harsher sentence … Lori and Mossimo can either agree or withdraw the plea and start from square one.

Assuming the judge accepts the deal, the Federal Board of Prisons will decide where Lori and Mossimo will serve their sentences. Given that both are first time offenders, convicted of non-violent crimes, it’s likely they’ll go to a minimum-security facility — not unlike the one in Northern California where Felicity Huffman did 11 days soft time.

You’ll recall … Lori and Mossimo were just 2 of the 53 people indicted in the college admissions scandal. They were accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to get their daughters Olivia Jade and Bella into USC, and faking a photo to make it look like the girls were college-caliber rowers.

One final thing … given the COVID pandemic, once Lori and Mossimo start serving their sentences … if the virus is spreading inside the prison, they could ask for compassionate release and serve the balance at home. That’s already been done in a number of cases, so it’s a real possibility for them.

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‘Bridgegate’ case could help Lori Loughlin, Mossimo Giannulli: legal experts – New York Post

May 8, 2020 | 2:06pm | Updated May 8, 2020 | 2:39pm

The Supreme Court’s ruling in the “Bridgegate” case could help Lori Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli fight their admissions-gate college testing scandal case, experts told The Post.

Former Manhattan federal prosecutor Alvin Bragg said the high court’s unanimous Thursday decision “certainly helps” a defense claim that admission to a competitive college can’t be considered “property” in a prosecution for fraud.

“I’m sure that they did a happy dance. Their intellectual argument was accepted by the Supreme Court,” said Bragg, who’s running for Manhattan district attorney.

Another former Manhattan federal prosecutor, Paul Krieger, said that if he was representing the “Full House” actress and her fashion-designer hubby, “I would try and mine this decision for whatever I could.”

“It’s pretty clearly stated that in order to be fraud, it has to be obtaining money or property,” Krieger said.

“It would be a big win if they could knock out one or two of those charges.”

The Supreme Court ruling overturned the convictions of two former allies of ex-New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Bridget Kelly and Bill Baroni, on grounds that they didn’t try to “obtain money or property” through a political payback scheme against the mayor of Fort Lee that repeatedly snarled traffic on the George Washington Bridge in 2013.

“The evidence the jury heard no doubt shows wrongdoing — deception, corruption, abuse of power,” Justice Elena Kagan wrote.

“But the federal fraud statutes at issue do not criminalize all such conduct.”

Bridget Kelly and Bill Baroni
Bridget Kelly and Bill BaroniAP

Brooklyn Law School professor Miriam Baer said that “on its face,” the Bridgegate case is “quite different from the ‘Varsity Blues’ prosecution” facing Loughlin and Giannulli because they’re accused of a “basic bribery scheme,” as compared to a corrupt abuse of power.

“From that perspective, Loughlin’s prosecutors need not be worried,” Baer said.

“But it strikes me as a mistake to ignore the Supreme Court’s decision … A 9-0 opinion such as [in Bridgegate] demonstrates the court’s discomfort with overly broad definitions of ‘property’ under the mail and wire fraud laws.”

Loughlin and Giannulli face trial in October over allegations they paid $500,000 so their daughters could get into the University of Southern California.

Isabella Rose Giannulli and Olivia Jade Giannulli were both recruited for the USC rowing team based in part on fake athletic profiles submitted to the school, according to prosecutors.

The scheme was allegedly masterminded by former admissions consultant William “Rick” Singer, who pleaded guilty last year in a cooperation deal and is awaiting sentencing.

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