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, 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)

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“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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Loughlin, Giannulli daughters' 'Varsity Blues' rowing photos released

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.

Prosecutors have released the widely referenced photos of “Full House’ star Lori Loughlin’s daughters posing on a rowing machine, which were taken in her alleged bid to have the girls accepted to the University of Southern California as purported crew athletes, according to a report.

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The photographs show each of the daughters sitting on the ergometers, or rowing machines, on different dates months apart, and are evidence of the parents’ alleged attempts to make it seem as though their daughters were qualified rowers, in accordance with scheme mastermind William “Rick” Singer’s advice, TMZ reported.

"It would probably help to get a picture with her on an ERG in workout clothes like a real athlete too,” Singer allegedly told them in an August 2016 email. Giannulli sent Singer one photo, of Olivia Jade Giannulli, on Sept. 7, 2016, prosecutors said, according to TMZ.

He sent a similar photo of Bella Rose Giannulli on July 28, 2017, with Loughlin copied on the email, the outlet reported.

Loughlin and Giannulli are 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.

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

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They are accused of being part of a vast conspiracy scheme in which more than 50 parents allegedly paid to get their children into college under false pretenses, or paid to have their kids' college entrance exams fixed.

They have both consistently pleaded not guilty and, recently, have made several motions to have the case dismissed by alleging prosecutorial misconduct and even entrapment, among other things.

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Loughlin and Giannulli have long argued they believed the payments were legitimate donations toward “university-approved purposes – or to other legitimate charitable causes,” according to court papers.

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But prosecutors say plenty of evidence shows Loughlin and Giannulli understood the payments were bribes designed to get their daughters admitted into the school as bogus crew recruits.

Lori Loughlin, front, and her husband, clothing designer Mossimo Giannulli, left, depart federal court in Boston on April 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

In one recorded call Singer told Loughlin that the IRS was auditing his sham charity but he said he didn’t tell investigators about the couple’s “donations helping the girls get into USC to do crew even though they didn’t do crew.” Loughlin responded: “So we just – so we just have to say we made a donation to your foundation and that’s it, end of story?” according to a transcript of the call.

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The Hollywood couple previously also accused prosecutors of withholding evidence and exculpatory information.

In mid-January, prosecutors responded by releasing more than 400 pages of emails and other evidence showing the parents opted not to take the “legitimate” option to get their daughters into college, despite a school official's offer to help.

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Weeks later, prosecutors released one of the couple’s daughters’ fake crew profiles.

"Her sister is currently on our roster and fills the position of our #4 boat," the resume states.

Prosecutors are reportedly hoping to make the Giannulli girls their "star witnesses."

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Loughlin and Giannulli are scheduled to go to trial in October alongside six other parents charged in the case.

Nearly two dozen parents have pleaded guilty to charges that they paid bribes to rig college entrance exams or get their kids into top schools as fake athletic recruits. Others who have admitted to charges in the case include “Desperate Housewives” actress Felicity Huffman, who was sentenced to two weeks in prison for paying $15,000 to have someone correct her daughter’s SAT answers.

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