Lori Loughlin to Plead Guilty in College Admission Scandal

Brenda Watkins
May 21, 2020

The case uncovered a scheme in which wealthy parents paid huge sums to secure students' admission at elite schools as fake athletic recruits or have someone cheat on their entrance exams, authorities said. Earlier this month, a judge batted down their request to have the charges dismissed for outrageous government misconduct.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office in the District of ma, if approved, Lori will serve two months in prison, pay a $150,000 fine, have two years of supervised release, and 250 hours of community service. Giannulli has agreed to plead guilty to fraud as well, court documents show. Mossimo, however, will serve five months behind bars, pay a $250,000 fine, serve two years of supervised release and complete 250 hours of community service.

Loughlin and Giannulli previously pleaded not guilty and firmly insisted on their innocence even as other parents reached deals with prosecutors.

This sudden change of face came on Thursday (May 21) when the US attorney for MA announced the couple was entering a plea agreement.

Both of Loughlin's daughters were admitted to the school.

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The pair have for months denied their role in paying $500,000 to get their daughters into USC under false pretenses. "We will continue to pursue accountability for undermining the integrity of college admissions", Andrew Lelling, a USA attorney, said in a statement.

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 MA announced.

Loughlin and Giannulli's payments were funneled through Singer's charity, whose stated mission was to help "underprivileged students", according to charging documents filed in federal court.

This is a developing news story.

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