Lori Loughlin Sentenced to 2 Months In Prison
Update August 22 at 11:25 A.M.: Lori Loughlin addressed the court on Friday after she was sentenced to two months in prison for her role in the college admissions scandal. She told the judge, "I made an awful decision. I went along with a plan to give my daughters an unfair advantage in the college admissions process. In doing so, I ignored my intuition and allowed myself to be swayed from my moral compass."
"I thought I was acting out of love for my children, but in reality it only undermined and diminished my daughters’ abilities and accomplishments," Loughlin continued, acknowledging her privilege. "More broadly and more importantly, I now understand that my decision helped exacerbate existing inequalities in society, generally, and the higher education system, more specifically."
Lori concluded her statement with an apology. "That realization weighs heavily on me and while I wish I could go back and do things differently, I can only take responsibility and move forward. I have great faith in God and I believe in redemption. And I will do everything in my power to redeem myself and use this experience as a catalyst to do good and give back for the rest of my life," she said, adding: "Your Honor, I'm truly, deeply, and profoundly sorry and I'm ready to accept the consequences and make amends."
Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli have been sentenced to prison, after the 2019 college admissions scandal with their daughters Olivia Jade and Bella Giannulli. Loughlin will serve two months in prison, Giannulli will serve five months. The court hearing took place over zoom on August 21.
Loughlin will also have to pay a fine of $150,000. Giannulli also faces a $250,000 fine and 250 hours of community service, according to the US Attorney for the District of Massachusetts. He must surrender to the US Bureau of Prisons before 2 p.m. on November 19.
"I deeply regret the harm that my actions have caused my daughters, my wife and others," he said at the virtual sentencing hearing. "I take full responsibility for my conduct. I'm ready to accept the consequences and move forward with the lessons I've learned from this experience."
Loughlin and Gianulli have been convicted of fraud after they allegedly paid $500,000 to have their two daughters billed as recruits for the University of Southern California crew team. Neither of their children actually played the sport. In the time since the initial charges were filed, information about how it exactly went down has trickled out in the news. One daughter, Olivia Jade, lost her sponsorship with Sephora, and essentially stepped away from her social media channels (minus one video and an ill-conceived photo of her giving the middle finger, which her lawyers begged her not to post).
Olivia Jade was also accused of being aware of what was going on. Court documents allege that she was on an email chain with her parents and asked them "how to avoid the possibility that a high school counselor would disrupt their scheme."
Back in May, Loughlin and Gianulli pled guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud. Giannulli also pled guilty to an additional charge of honest services wire and mail fraud. They agreed to serve prison sentences along with fines, and community service.