Lori Loughlin’s Husband Mossimo Has Reported to Prison to Begin His 5-Month Sentence
Actress Lori Loughlin’s husband has reported to a federal prison in California to begin serving a five-month sentence for his role in the now-infamous college admissions scandal.
Mossimo Giannulli, 57, arrived at the medium-security facility in Lompoc last Thursday, according to the Associated Press. The fashion designer and his wife pleaded guilty in May to their involvement in “Operation Varsity Blues” — a scandal in which wealthy parents were accused of paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to boost their children’s college applications.
Giannulli will serve his time approximately 270 miles away from his wife, who surrendered to the Federal Correctional Institution Dublin on Oct. 30 to serve her two-month sentence.
According to the allegations against them, Giannulli and Loughlin paid $500,000 to the scheme’s mastermind, William “Rick” Singer. The pair attempted to portray their daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose, as recruits for the rowing crew team at the University of Southern California, despite the fact the two had never competed in the sport at any level.
In addition to his prison term, Giannuli has also been ordered to pay $250,000 in fines. He will have two years of supervised release after serving his sentence, and will have to perform 250 hours of community service.
Loughlin, who is best known for her role as Aunt Becky on “Full House” (and its Netflix spinoff, Fuller House) wasn’t the only actress sentenced in the scandal. “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman served 11 days of her 14-day sentence in October after pleading guilty to paying $15,000 to have a proctor correct her daughter’s SAT answers.
While Huffman pleaded guilty from the beginning, Loughlin and Giannuli were among several defendants who initially pleaded not guilty to the charges, willing to try their luck in court. In May, they changed their pleas and made a deal with prosecutors. Giannulli pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and honest services wire and mail fraud, and Loughlin pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud.
Back in August, Loughlin appeared to show remorse for her involvement, telling the court that she understood how her actions exacerbated preexisting inequalities in society.
“While I wish I could go back and do things differently, I can only take responsibility and move forward,” she tearfully told the court. I am truly, profoundly and deeply sorry. I’m ready to face the consequences and make amends.”
As the saying goes, crime doesn’t pay. Do you think Loughlin and Giannulli received fair sentences? If not, how much time would you say the pair should serve? We want to hear your take!