Scandals come and go in Hollywood. A new scandal comes to take one scandal’s place and people forget about it. However, some scandals live forever because of the massive buzz that they create. The scandal that shocked people and is going on is- The College Admissions Scandal involving Lori Loughlin and her husband.
Lori Loughlin is an American actress, producer and model. Loughlin is most popular for her role in the family sitcom- ‘Full House’ and it’s sequel series- ‘Fuller House’. In addition, she is also known for her roles of Jody Travis in The Edge of Night (1980–1983), Debbie Wilson in The CW series 90210 (2008–2011, 2012). Also, Jennifer Shannon in the Garage Sale Mystery television film series (2013–2018), and Abigail Stanton in When Calls the Heart (2014–2019). Furthermore, Loughlin was a co-creator, producer, and star of the two seasons of The WB series Summerland (2004–2005).
Mossimo Giannulli is an American fashion designer and founder of Mossimo, a mid-range American clothing company. Moreover, Mossimo specializes in youth and teenage clothing such as shirts, jeans, jackets, socks, underwear, and accessories. It has now grown into a multimillion-dollar lifestyle sportswear and accessories company. He is the 2nd husband of Lori Loughlin. The 2 have 2 daughters together- Isabella Rose and Olivia Jade.
The College Admissions Scandal
Last year, Lori Loughlin and husband, Mossimo Ginannulli were under arrest for involvement in nationwide college entrance exam cheating scandal. It was regarding their two daughters’ admission to USC. The couple faces charges with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud. However, they were released on $1 million bails each. In April, another charge with conspiracy to commit money laundering was on them.
The couple made a payment of $500,000, disguised as a donation to the Key Worldwide Foundation. Therefore, in order that the University of Southern California’s (USC’s) admissions committee would be led to believe that their two daughters would be joining the school’s women’s rowing team if admitted. However, when in fact neither young woman had ever trained in the sport and had no plans to do so.
On March 13, 2019, Giannulli surrendered to federal authorities in Los Angeles. In subsequent appearances at United States District Court in Los Angeles, Loughlin and Giannulli were each released on a bail bond of $1 million. Giannulli and Loughlin were then charged with the crime of money laundering and have pled not guilty to all charges.
Pleading Guilty And Prison Time
The couple agrees to plead guilty in the College Admissions Scandal now. Loughlin agrees to serve two months behind bars and Giannulli agrees to serve five months under the deal that still seeks judges’ approval. They are to plead guilty on Friday via video conference. Furthermore, Prosecutors have agreed to dismiss charges of money laundering and federal programs bribery that were added after the case was filed. Under Loughlin’s plea deal, she will also pay a $150,000 fine and perform 100 hours of community service. Giannulli has also agreed to pay a $250,000 fine and perform 250 hours of community service. Their prison time may see a delay because of the pandemic. However, they may be under strict house arrest.