Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some tea and it involves Full House Actress Lori Laughlin and her husband getting convicted and sentence for a crime.
That crime is participating in a fraudulent scheme to help their daughters get into the University of Southern California as phony crew team recruits.
Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, were sentenced Friday to spend months in federal prison. Loughlin was given a term of two months, and Giannulli five months, resolving one of the most closely watched cases in the college admissions bribery scandal that rocked higher education last year.
Both pleaded guilty to fraud conspiracy after admitting in May 2019 that they took part in a scheme to pay $500,000 to facilitate admission to USC for their two daughters in an audacious scam, from 2016 to 2018, that involved fabricating stories about accomplishments in competitive rowing that were entirely false. The daughters, prosecutors said, had no authentic credentials in the sport.
In March 2019, federal prosecutors announced charges against them and others in connection with a corrupt college admissions counselor named William ‘Rick’ Singer. He has pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and other crimes and is cooperating in the investigation.
U.S. District Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton, whose chambers are in a Boston courthouse, held two sentencing hearings through a Zoom videoconference because of the coronavirus pandemic.
In the afternoon, Gorton sentenced Loughlin to two months in prison and two years of supervised release, with a $150,000 fine and an order to devote 100 hours to community service.
Loughlin became known for playing Aunt Becky in the ABC television series “Full House,” which aired in the 1980s and ’90s.