Lori Loughlin, Mossimo Giannulli to be sentenced today in college scam
Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are set to be sentenced Friday for their role in the widespread college-admissions scandal, bringing their made-for-TV saga to a close.
The celebrity couple will appear via videoconference in Boston federal court, where US District Judge Nathaniel Gorton will decide whether to accept a plea deal the duo struck with prosecutors in May.
Loughlin, best known for her role as Aunt Becky on the sitcom “Full House,” and Giannulli, a fashion designer, copped to allegations they bribed their daughters’ way into the University of Southern California.
They admitted to paying $500,000 to scam mastermind William “Rick” Singer in order to get daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose accepted into the school as crew recruits — even though neither girl was a rower.
Under their plea agreement, Loughlin, 55, would be sentenced to two months behind bars, while Giannulli, 56, would get five months.
She’s also agreed to pay a $150,000 fine and perform 100 hours of community service. Her husband would pay a $250,000 fine with 250 hours of community service.
Unlike most plea agreements — where the judge is free to decide on the sentence — the couples’ proposed prison terms are binding if the deal is accepted. If the judge doesn’t accept the terms, the whole deal would be void.
Loughlin was “feeling nervous” on Thursday, ahead of her sentencing, though also ready for the ordeal to end, a source told US Weekly.
She and her hubby are “anxious,” but “looking forward to closing this chapter of their lives,” the source said.
Neither Loughlin nor Giannulli have made any public statements since their arrests last year as part of “Operation Varsity Blues.”
Unlike other prominent parents charged in the scheme, they also did not submit letters expressing their regret or notes of support from family and friends to the court.
Fellow actress Felicity Huffman — who was sentenced to two weeks behind bars for paying $15,000 to rig her daughter’s entrance exam score — released a statement saying she felt “deep regret and shame” after she agreed to plead guilty, about a month after her arrest.
It took more than a year for Loughlin and Giannulli to agree to plead guilty — and their decision came after a judge rejected their attorneys’ bid to get the case tossed.
Their lawyers have repeatedly professed their clients’ innocence, saying the duo believed the money was a legitimate donation to Singer.
Giannulli’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m., while his wife is set to appear at 2:30 p.m.
With Post wires
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