Full House actress Lori Loughlin, best known as Rebecca Donaldson-Katsopolis from the ABC’s sitcom, has been arrested for two months. She was involved in a college admission scam.
The federal judge looking over the case accepted a plea before arresting Loughlin. Her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, will also serve a five-month term.
The couple was in the news during May 2020, when they confessed to taking part in a fraudulent scheme. The scheme was to ensure that their daughters get spots at the University of Southern California (USC). For that, they filled up for fake athletic quota requirements.
Full House actress Lori Loughlin signs plea
The plea deal needs Lori Loughlin to pay a fine of $150,000 and complete 100 hours of community service. Mossimo Giannulli agrees to pay $250,000 as fine and complete 250 hours of service.
A video of Lori Loughlin surfaced online, where she said that she made an awful decision. She confessed that she went ahead with the plan to give the daughters an unlawful advantage. She also said that she ignored her intuition and went along with something that was morally incorrect.
What was the college admission fraud scheme?
The celebrity couple is among 50 people who have been charged in the criminal act. These are all parents and guardians of students trying to get into top US universities.
In May, Lori Loughlin confessed in a court at Massachusetts, about the conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud. Giannulli was guilty of the same. Moreover, initially, the couple denied having committed the crime.
The prosecutors said that the couple had paid a bribe of $500,000 to get both their daughters into USC. They wanted it to pass off as fake rowing-team recruits.
Lori and Mossimo are among the most high-profile suspects who were caught up in the scandal. Actress Felicity Huffman from the Desperate Housewives was also charged with the same and pleaded guilty in a month. Further, the actress had to serve for 11 days of her two-week sentence in prison in San Francisco.
The prosecutors of Massachusetts had warned Lori that the longer they drag the case, the longer they will be sentenced. Thus, she has to now serve for a more extended period than what it could have been if confessed earlier.