Actor Lori Loughlin reports to prison in college scam

Authorities say “Full House” actor Lori Loughlin has reported to a federal prison in California to begin serving her two-month sentence for her role in the college admissions bribery scandal

BOSTON — “Full House” actor Lori Loughlin has reported to a federal prison in California to begin serving her two-month sentence for her role in the college admissions bribery scandal, authorities said Friday.

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Boston said Loughlin was being processed at the federal lockup in Dublin, California.

“The parties recently agreed that the defendant can report to prison on October 30, 2020, instead of on November 19, 2020. The defendant has further agreed that, during her two month sentence, she will not seek an early release from prison on COVID-related grounds,” prosecutors said in a statement.

The low-security prison in Northern California houses 874 inmates and had two positive coronavirus cases among inmates, as of Friday morning, federal statistics show.

In August, Loughlin was sentenced to two months and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, got five months for paying half a million dollars in bribes to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California as rowing recruits.

Prosecutors said Giannulli didn’t report to prison with Loughlin on Friday.

Plea deals worked out with the celebrity couple call for Loughlin to pay a $150,000 fine and perform 100 hours of community service, and Giannulli to pay a $250,000 fine and perform 250 hours of community service.

The famous couple’s sentencing came three months after they reversed course and admitted to participating in the college admissions cheating scheme that has laid bare the lengths to which some wealthy parents will go to get their kids into elite universities.

They are among nearly 30 prominent parents to plead guilty in the case, which federal prosecutors dubbed “Operation Varsity Blues.” It uncovered hefty bribes to get undeserving kids into college with rigged test scores or fake athletic credentials.

Loughlin and Giannulli had insisted for more than a year that they believed their payments were “legitimate donations” and accused prosecutors of hiding crucial evidence that could prove the couple’s innocence because it would undermine their case.

The case shattered the clean image of Loughlin, who gained fame for her role as the wholesome Aunt Becky in the sitcom “Full House” that ran from the late 1980s to mid-1990s, and later became queen of the Hallmark channel with her holiday movies and the series “When Calls the Heart.”

Prosecutors said Giannulli deserved a tougher sentence because he was “the more active participant in the scheme,” while Loughlin “took a less active role, but was nonetheless fully complicit.”

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Lori Loughlin reports to California prison for 2-month sentence in college admissions case

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Lori Loughlin reported to a California prison Friday to begin serving her two-month sentence for her conviction in the college admissions scandal, authorities said.

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Boston said Loughlin was being processed at the federal lockup in Dublin, California.

A spokesperson for the Federal Correctional Institution Dublin confirmed to USA TODAY that Loughlin is in custody at the minimum security prison for women east of San Francisco. Under the terms of her sentencing in August, she was expected to report on or by Nov. 19. 

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“The parties recently agreed that the defendant can report to prison on October 30, 2020, instead of on November 19, 2020. The defendant has further agreed that, during her two month sentence, she will not seek an early release from prison on COVID-related grounds,” the statement from the U.S. attorney’s office said. 



Lori Loughlin et al. standing next to a man wearing a suit and tie: Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli have agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy charges.


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Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli have agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy charges.

Under the Bureau of Prisons’ coronavirus protocols, Loughlin will be screened and tested for COVID-19 and will be placed in quarantine for 14 days.

Prosecutors said Loughlin’s husband, Massimo Giannulli, didn’t report to prison with Loughlin on Friday. The Bureau of Prisons website showed he is not in custody at a men’s prison in California. 

USA TODAY reached out to Loughlin’s lawyer, B.J. Trach, for comment.

In August, Loughlin was sentenced to two months and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, got five months for paying half a million dollars in bribes to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California as rowing recruits.

Loughlin, 56, was sentenced at an online hearing in federal court in Boston conducted via Zoom by U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton. Giannulli, 57, was sentenced by Gorton in a separate hearing on the same day. 

Both sought to be serve their sentences in minimum security prisons in California but the final decision is up to the Bureau of Prisons. Giannulli’s lawyer said at his sentencing he sought to serve his sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution Lompoc in Santa Barbara County.

In addition to the prison term, Loughlin will pay a fine of $150,000, followed by two years of supervised release and 100 hours of community service. Giannulli will pay a fine of $250,000 followed by two years of supervised release and 250 hours of community service. 

Both sentences were agreed to under the terms of the couple’s plea bargains negotiated with federal prosecutors earlier this year.

“I accept the … plea agreement negotiated by the government and Ms. Loughlin and I conclude that the agreed sentence … is sufficient but not greater than needed for punishment,” Gorton said. “There is no mystery about the outcome.”

Loughlin apologized, choking up a bit as she spoke via video link.

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