Lori Loughlin sentenced to jail in ‘Varsity Blues’ bribery scandal

Lori Loughlin has been ordered to be imprisoned for her participation in the college admission bribery scandal. Her husband Mossimo Giannulli was also sentenced to jail.

The federal judge handed Lori Loughlin down the verdict on Friday. She got a 2-month jail sentence while Mossimo Giannulli was served a longer imprisonment time of five months.

The verdict in detail

Federal Judge Nathaniel Gorton also stated she must serve two years of supervised release. The actress also needs to do 100 hours of community service and, lastly, pay the $150,000 fine.

Loughlin received her sentence hours after her husband did. Giannulli also needs to serve two years of supervised release and 250 hours of community service on top of his imprisonment.  Although they committed the same offense, his fine is higher, which is $250,000.

The two are among the high-profile adults who were charged in the ‘Varsity Blues’ scandal. This is the crime where the parents paid officials for their children to get accepted in good universities or colleges.

The spouses were found guilty of paying $500,000 to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California. Their children got in after falsely declaring they are rowing team recruits, The New York Daily News reported.

The 56-year-old Full House star’s sentence was part of a plea deal in the college admissions scam.

She admitted to having a hand in pretending that her daughters were competitive rowers so they can enroll in USC through a questionable process.

Lori Loughlin apologized for her misjudgment

The sentencing was held via Zoom, and when given a chance to speak, Lori Loughlin told the courtroom that she is deeply sorry. She cried while apologizing to everyone and said she regretted her actions.

“I made an awful decision,” The Daily Mail quoted Loughlin as saying. “I went along with a plan to give my daughters an unfair advantage in the college admissions process. In doing so, I ignored my intuition and allowed myself to be swayed from my moral compass.”

She added, “While I wish I could go back and do things differently, I can only take responsibility and move forward.”

Lori Loughlin said that she would do everything in her power to redeem herself and told the judge: “Your honor, I am truly, profoundly and deeply sorry. I am ready to face the consequences and make amends.”

Finally, Lori Loughlin was given 90 days to surrender and go to prison in Victorville. She and her husband must present themselves by November 19.

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