Aunt Becky is going to prison, though only for 2 months. Actress Lori Loughlin of Full House fame received the sentence Friday over her role in the college admissions scam, reports the AP. Prior to her sentencing, husband Mossimo Giannulli, a clothing designer, received a sentence of 5 months, per People. Both pleaded guilty to fraud charges for paying about $500,000 to make sure their two daughters got into USC as bogus members of the school's rowing team. Neither of their daughters are rowers. Under the plea deal, the judge also ordered Giannulli to pay a $250,000 fine and perform 250 hours of community service, while Loughlin must pay a $150,000 fine and perform 100 hours of community service. No word yet on when the pair will start serving their sentences.
- Loughlin: “I made an awful decision. I went along with a plan to give my daughters an unfair advantage in the college admissions process and in doing so I ignored my intuition and allowed myself to be swayed from my moral compass,” Loughlin said during the hearing held via videoconference.
- Giannulli: “I take full responsibility for my conduct. I am ready to accept the consequences and move forward, with the lessons I’ve learned from this experience."
(Another actress, Felicity Huffman, received a 14-day sentence
in the scandal.)