“Full House” actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli have agreed to serve a prison term as part of a guilty plea in the university admission bribery case , according to court documents filed Thursday.
Loughlin has agreed to serve two months behind bars and Giannulli has agreed to serve five months under the agreement to be approved by the judge. They are expected to plead guilty Friday by videoconference.
Loughlin and Giannulli to be tried in October, accused of paying $ 500,000 in bribes to bring their daughters to the University of Southern California as team recruits, even though none of them they only practiced this sport.
The famous couple insisted on their innocence and said they thought their payments were legitimate gifts. Earlier this month, the judge dismissed their attempt to dismiss the case on allegations of misconduct by FBI agents investigating the scam.
They agreed to plead guilty to a conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud in a plea agreement filed with the federal court in Boston. Prosecutors have agreed to dismiss the charges of money laundering and corruption of federal programs that were added after the filing of the case.
“Under the plea agreements tabled today, these accused will serve prison terms reflecting their respective roles in a conspiracy to corrupt the college admission process and which are consistent with previous convictions in this case,” US Attorney Andrew Lelling said in an emailed statement. “We will continue to seek accountability to undermine the integrity of university admissions. “
A lawyer for the couple declined to comment.
Loughlin and Giannulli were among 50 people arrested last year in the so-called “Operation Varsity Blues” case that rocked the world of higher education. They are the 23rd and 24th parents to plead guilty in the case.
The case revealed a scheme in which wealthy parents paid huge sums to guarantee students’ admission to elite schools as bogus sports recruits or to cheat someone on their entrance exams, authorities said.
Other people who have pleaded guilty in this case include Desperate Housewives actress Felicity Huffman. She served nearly two weeks in prison late last year after admitting to paying $ 15,000 to have someone correct her daughter’s entrance exam answers.