Lori Loughlin, Mossimo Giannulli plead guilty to college admissions charges

Lori Loughlin, husband handled case ‘just right’: Criminal defense attorney

Criminal Defense Attorney Joe Tacopina discusses Lori Loughlin and her husband pleading guilty to the college bribery scandal and accepting sentencing.

"Full House" star Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli pleaded guilty Friday in connection with the college admissions scandal that has implicated more than 50 wealthy and high-powered parents who paid to help get their children into often elite schools, officials said.

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"Guilty," Loughlin told the judge as she sat next to her attorney on Friday, according to the New York Post.

The Department of Justice announced Thursday the couple had agreed to plead guilty to a number of the charges filed against them in connection to the sweeping scheme, dubbed “Varsity Blues.”

Loughlin pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, while Giannulli copped to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and honest services wire and mail fraud, the District of Massachusetts announced.

Designer Mossimo Giannulli and actress Lori Loughlin on April 18, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Donato Sardella/Getty Images for LACMA)

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The Hollywood couple was accused of paying approximately $500,000 to create nonexistent positions for their daughters on the University of Southern California’s crew team, even though neither had ever taken part in the sport. They allegedly sent photos of their daughters on ergometers, or rowing machines, on different dates months apart, court papers show.

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Over the course of the legal battle, prosecutors released the photographs showing each of the daughters sitting on the ergometers on different dates months apart, in accordance with suggestions from scheme mastermind William “Rick” Singer.

Lori Loughlin and her two daughters in this undated photo. (Associated Press)

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The government also released one of the daughters' fake crew profiles, which outlines allegedly bogus accomplishments that she had purportedly achieved prior to her college acceptance.

They were the 23rd and 24th parents to plead guilty, officials said.

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The couple's sentencing ends a long-held fight against the government in an attempt to have their cases dismissed based on allegations of prosecutorial misconduct.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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How Long Will Lori Loughlin Go to Prison For College Admissions Scandal?

The infamous college admissions scandal has been going on for over a year, and we’re still talking about Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman’s involvement. We know there were over 50 people involved, and a few notable A-listers got in serious trouble for illegally helping their kids get improved SAT scores. But now, the jig is up — and Huffman and Loughlin are facing the consequences.

Loughlin initially didn’t plead guilty to the charges while Huffman admitted guilt. Now, though, Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are facing the music and ready to put it all behind them. So, how much time will they spend in prison for their crimes? Here’s what we know.

Lori Loughlin faced charges that Felicity Huffman didn’t

Loughlin and Huffman were both accused of illegally helping their kids have SAT scores that were doctored so they could get into better schools — but there were still stark differences in their cases. The New York Times notes Huffman paid upwards of $15,000 to have her daughter’s SAT scores changed. And once she was caught, she came forward with a real apology.

As for Loughlin, her case seems more severe. Not only did she and Giannulli not plead guilty at first, but they also were accused of spending $500,000 to illegally help their daughters. The couple wanted their kids to be admitted to the University of Southern California as athletes on the crew team even though the young women had no prior experience in rowing.

Because of Loughlin’s more complicated case, she faced charges for bribery and money laundering.

Loughlin didn’t accept the guilty plea at first

RELATED: Is This Really Why Lori Loughlin Didn’t Go for a Guilty Plea?

Fraud and money laundering are serious crimes, but Loughlin and her husband denied them at first even though they had the opportunity to take a plea deal. According to Elle, the deal would’ve given Loughlin and Giannulli a minimum prison sentence of two to two and a half years — but Loughlin refused it. She allegedly would only accept a plea deal if it included zero jail time, though overall, her crimes could carry a sentence of 40 years.

As for why Loughlin didn’t accept the initial plea deal, it seems she might’ve been in denial regarding the seriousness of the situation. “She has been in complete denial and thought maybe she could skate by,” a source told E! News, according to Elle. “She refused to accept any jail time and thought the DA was bluffing. She was adamant she wouldn’t do any jail time.”

It seems she’s finally coming to her senses, though. The source added that Loughlin’s realizing “just how serious this is. She is seeing the light that she will do jail time and is freaking out.”

Now that Loughlin pleads guilty, how much time will she face in prison?

It looks like Loughlin and Giannulli are finally admitting guilt. According to NBC10 Boston, Loughlin is pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, and Giannulli is pleading guilty for the same in addition to honest services wire and mail fraud.

As for jail time, it certainly won’t be 40 years. The news source notes Loughlin will serve two months in prison and have to pay $150,000 in fines. She’ll also have to complete 100 hours of community service and be on two years of supervised release. Giannulli is serving five months in prison and paying $250,000 in fines. He also has 250 hours of community service afterward along with two years of supervised release.

As for the money laundering and bribery, it looks like those charges will be dismissed.

It looks like Loughlin and Giannulli’s daughters aren’t too happy, though. “Olivia and Bella were devastated when Lori and Mossimo told them they were pleading guilty,” a source told Us Weekly. “The girls have been spending a lot of time at their parents’ house recently, and they are becoming much more of a tight-knit family.”

We’ll have to wait and see how it all pans out once the dust has settled.

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Lori Loughlin’s Daughters Are ‘Devastated’ Over Guilty Plea Decision

Another twist they were not prepared for. Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli’s daughters, Olivia Jade and Bella, are worried about their parents since they decided to enter a guilty plea in the college admissions case.

“Olivia and Bella were devastated when Lori and Mossimo told them they were pleading guilty,” a source reveals exclusively to Us Weekly. “The girls have been spending a lot of time at their parents’ house recently, and they are becoming much more of a tight-knit family.”

While Bella, 21, and Olivia Jade, 20, are glad to see the saga come to a conclusion, new worries are mounting given the stipulations of the plea deal. “The girls have been on so many ups and downs that they were happy it was going to be over, but [they] fear for their mom going to jail,” the insider adds.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office confirmed on Thursday, May 21, that Loughlin, 55, will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and Mossimo, 56, will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and honest services wire and mail fraud.

As part of their deal, the Full House alum will serve two months in prison, pay a $150,000 fine and complete two years of supervised release with 100 hours of community service. The fashion designer, for his part, will spend five months in prison, pay a $250,000 fine and complete two years of supervised release with 250 hours of community service. However, a judge has not signed off on the agreement yet.

Us previously reported that the couple, who tied the knot in November 1997, will enter their pleas via video conference on Friday, May 22.

Loughlin and Mossimo were arrested in March 2019 after they allegedly paid $500,000 to get their daughters into the University of Southern California as crew recruits.

According to image consultant Amanda Sanders, the actress’ “back was up against a wall” and she had no other choice but to accept a deal as her trial loomed: “People know there was wrongdoing and she is finally admitting it.”

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Lori Loughlin, Mossimo Giannulli to plead guilty in college admissions scandal

Resume of Lori Loughlin’s daughter released showing false rowing credentials

A resume which appears to belong to Lori Loughlin’s daughter Olivia Jade contains falsified rowing credentials. FOX Business’ Maria Bartiromo with more.

"Full House" star Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli have agreed to plead guilty to charges in connection to allegations they paid $500,000 to have their daughters admitted into the University of Southern California as purported crew recruits, officials announced Thursday morning.

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Pending a judge's approval, Loughlin will serve two months in prison, 100 hours of community service and two years of supervised release, and will pay a $150,000 fine. Giannulli, a fashion designer, will serve five months behind bars, two years of supervised release, 250 hours of community service and will pay a $250,000 fine.

Loughlin will plead guilty to a single count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, while Giannulli will cop to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and honest services wire and mail fraud, the District of Massachusetts announced.

Prosecutors have agreed to dismiss charges of money laundering and federal programs bribery that were added after the case was filed.

Part of prosecutors' case against them include photos of their daughters posing on a rowing machine, one of the daughters' crew resumes and Gianulli's rejection of the USC's legitimate offer to help the girls get in.

Photo sent by Mossimo Giannulli on July 28, 2017 (Court papers, District of Massachusetts)

LOUGHLIN, GIANNULLI DAUGHTERS' 'VARSITY BLUES' ROWING PHOTOS RELEASED

“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," said United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling. "We will continue to pursue accountability for undermining the integrity of college admissions."

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Their admission ends a long-held fight against the government in an attempt to have their cases dismissed based on allegations of prosecutorial misconduct.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli agreed to plead guilty on charges stemming from admission scandal – The Sun

LORI Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli have agreed to plead guilty in the college admissions scandal.

The former Full House actress, 55, will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, the US Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts announced on Thursday.

Giannulli, 56, will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and honest services wire and mail fraud.

Prosecutors said that as part of Loughlin's plea deal, she's agreed to a sentence of two months in prison, a $150,000 fine, and two years of supervised release with 100 hours of community service.

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

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‘Doomsday cult’ mom Lori Vallow is protecting missing kids, niece claims

The doomsday-obsessed mother charged in connection with the disappearance of her two kids is just trying to keep them safe from “people that are trying to harm them,” her niece claimed in a new interview.

Melani Boudreaux told KPHO-TV in Phoenix that she doesn’t know the whereabouts of Lori Vallow’s missing children — 17-year-old Tylee Ryan and 7-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow — but expects to see them again.

“I know Lori wouldn’t ever do anything to hurt her kids,” Boudreaux told the station last week.

“I love all of them, and I know she’s doing whatever she can to keep her kids safe.”

Vallow, 46, remains jailed in Idaho on a $1 million bond on two felony counts of child abandonment. She was arrested in January in Hawaii, where she had fled with her fifth husband, Chad Daybell, the author of several religious-themed doomsday novels.

Both he and Vallow have reportedly been involved in Preparing a People, a group that promotes preparing for the biblical end times.

Daybell, 51, who has not been charged in the case, insisted to ABC in March that the kids are safe — despite the fact that they haven’t been seen since September.

Police in Rexburg, Idaho, have said they fear the children’s lives are in danger.

Boudreaux was dragged into the case in February when ex-husband, Brandon Boudreaux, accused her in divorce papers of being “involved in a cult where numerous members, adults and children alike have been being killed off like flies.”

He claimed she knew where her missing cousins were. She has denied any involvement in the case and hasn’t been charged.

Vallow’s own ex-husband, Charles Vallow, accused her in divorce papers of believing she is a “god assigned to carry out the work of the 144,000 at Christ’s second coming in July 2020.”

He was shot dead by Lori’s brother, Alex Cox, during an altercation at Lori’s home in Arizona in July. Cox claimed self-defense and was never charged before being found dead in his home in November, of a blood clot.

Following Charles’ death, Vallow moved to Iowa for the “safety” of her children and because of “those threatening her,” said Boudreaux, without elaborating.

Boudreaux also moved to Idaho in November and said she didn’t see her cousins, but saw some of their belongings.

“Lori says they’re safe and they’re doing everything they can to keep them from the people that are trying to harm them,” Boudreaux said.

“I believe them.”

Boudreaux said her aunt has gone through “abuse and betrayal” and been “let down” by the court system.

Vallow could face up to 14 years in prison for each count of desertion of a child, according to CBS News.

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Wendy Williams slams Lori Loughlin for staging ‘foolish’ rowing photos for daughters in college admissions scandal – The Sun

WENDY Williams slammed Lori Loughlin for staging "foolish" rowing photos for her daughters during the college admissions scandal.

The daytime talk show host asked Lori, who did you were fooling?


Wendy said: "Lori I have no idea who you thought you were fooling, with your daughter, in this foolish rowing incident.

She went on: " Olivia and Isabella on rowing machines- I don't know what to say except next."

"I think we've all either pegged her a liar or pegged her for truth. There's no grey area."


Last week photos surfaced from court documents showing Lori's daughters using rowing machines.

These pics were apparently submitted to get them into the University of Southern California.

According to the documents, Olivia Jade and Bella Rose Giannulli posed for these pics the machines.

But otherwise they had never used them before this.


Court papers also showed emails from college admissions scandal plan mastermind, William Rick Singer.

They read: “Lori and Moss, I met with USC today. I need a PDF of her transcript and test scores very soon while I create a coxswain portfolio for her."

He then added about Bella: "It would probably help to get a picture with her on an ERG in workout clothes like a real athlete too.”

The application for Olivia claims she placed in the Head of the Charles race in Cambridge and won regional championships in high school.

That filing also provided two new $50K checks paid to USC athletics for the Galen Center.

Isabella had a similar resumé when she applied.

She also received stellar reviews from an unidentified USC official.

Lori and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are facing 60 years in prison and over one-million dollars in fines for allegedly bribing University of Southern California in order to get their daughters admitted into the school.

They are charged with: conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud;conspiracy to commit federal programs bribery; conspiracy to commit money laundering.

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Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell investigated over ‘murder’ of his ex-wife who died two weeks before accused pair wed – The Sun

ACCUSED cult mom Lori Vallow and her husband Chad Daybell are being investigated for murder over the killing of his ex-wife, Tammy Daybell.

A Fremont County prosecutor wrote a letter to the Idaho Attorney General's Office in early April asking for help in the case of Tammy's death.


The AG's office will now assume full responsibility of the case, and with the help of local prosecutors, the AG himself will make all related decisions, according to the East Idaho News.

Tammy died on October 19 and was buried shortly after – a little more than two weeks later, Chad and Lori tied the knot.

Police had suspected Chad of poisoning Tammy and searched his first wife's home in Salem, Idaho in January in hopes of finding evidence.


Although medical examiners at the time ruled Tammy's death was from natural causes, Investigators believed her death was suspicious, Fox 10 reported.

Tammy's body was exhumed on December 11, but the autopsy and toxicology reports have yet to be released, according to the news station.

Lori was arrested in Hawaii last month in connection with her children, adoptive son Joshua "JJ" Vallow and daughter Tylee Ryan.

JJ and Tylee were last seen in September 2019 – police have said Lori and Chad have lied about the kids' whereabouts and even their existence.


Their disappearances have prompted local authorities to reexamine the details surrounding the death and burial of Tammy as well as the death of Lori's ex-husband, Charles Vallow.

Both Chad and Lori have been accused of having cult-like beliefs by JJ's biological grandparents, Larry and Kay Woodcock.

In early April, Lori asked to be released from jail due to the coronavirus, court documents show.

The 46-year-old has also requested to see the autopsy reports for her ex-husbands and Tammy Daybell.

She continues to maintain her innocence from behind bars – she issued a statement through her lawyer Mark Means on March 17 proclaiming she's innocent "until proven beyond a reasonable doubt otherwise."


"As with any citizen of our Country, Mrs. Daybell is entitled to all the privileges and rights that accompany our cornerstone belief of innocents, until proven beyond a reasonable doubt otherwise," the statement said.

"It is this innocence that Mrs. Daybell assertively maintains regarding all changes.

"Furthermore, Mrs. Daybell is guaranteed access to a fair and impartial judicial process."


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