Lori Loughlin & Mossimo Giannulli Could Face Two Years In Prison In College Cheating Scandal
Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli could face a minimum of two years in prison whether the two enter a plea or let their case go to a federal grand jury because of the amount of money they used in their bribes to get their daughters Olivia Jade, 19, and Isabella, 20, falsely admitted in to the University of Southern California as crew athletes, according to a TMZ report.
The couple is among many other parents who have been offered plea deals in the case.
The plea-deal sentences are reportedly determined by the amount of bribes paid and acceptance of responsibility, and prosecutors are said to only be accepting pleas that require prison time.
Former Full House star and Giannulli have been accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to get their daughters into the University of Southern California as rowing recruits. Due to the amount of bribes that they allegedly paid, the couple’s minimum sentence is set at two to two and a half years behind bars.
Meanwhile, Felicity Huffman is facing a possible four-month prison sentence after agreeing to plead guilty on Monday for her role in the college admissions cheating scandal.
Huffman may receive a lighter sentence because she reached a plea deal quickly and because the case against her is viewed as less serious than Loughlin and Giannulli.
Huffman was accused of paying $15,000 to college admissions consultant William “Rick” Singer to illegally boost her daughter’s SAT scores.
Huffman was among 12 other parents who agreed to plead guilty on Monday after being accused of engaging in schemes with Singer to help get their children admitted into top U.S. colleges. The schemes include helping the children cheat on college entrance exams or creating fake athletic profiles so that they could gain admission on the false act of joining a university’s sports team.
In a statement released on Monday, Huffman confirmed that she is set to plead guilty and expressed her shame and regret for being involved with the scheme.
“This transgression toward (my daughter) and the public I will carry for the rest of my life,” Huffman said in her statement. “My desire to help my daughter is no excuse to break the law or engage in dishonesty.”