Lori Loughlin In Prison For College Admissions Cheating
“Full House” actor Lori Loughlin reported to a federal prison in California to begin serving a two-month sentence for her role in the college admissions bribery scandal, the Associated Press reports. The Boston U.S. Attorney’s office said Loughlin was at the federal lockup in Dublin, Ca. Under Bureau of Prisons’ coronavirus protocols, she will be tested for COVID-19 and put in quarantine for 14 days. The low-security prison in Northern California houses 874 inmates and had two positive coronavirus cases among inmates as of Friday. Loughlin’s 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.
Plea deals 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 do 250 hours of community service. The couple’s sentencing came after they reversed course and admitted to participating in the scheme that has showed the lengths to which some wealthy parents go to get their kids into elite universities. They are among nearly 30 parents to plead guilty in the “Operation Varsity Blues” case, which uncovered hefty bribes to get undeserving kids into college with rigged test scores or fake athletic credentials. Loughlin gained fame as the wholesome Aunt Becky in the sitcom “Full House” from the late 1980s to mid-1990s. The couple funneled money through a sham charity operated by consultant Rick Singer to get their two daughters into USC as crew recruits, though neither was a rower. “Desperate Housewives” actor Felicity Huffman served nearly two weeks last year in the same California prison after she admitted to paying $15,000 to have someone correct her daughter’s entrance exam answers.