Lori Loughlin, American actress, jailed over college admissions scandal

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Lori Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli, right, admitted to being part of the scheme


American actress Lori Loughlin, star of the sitcom Full House, has been sentenced to two months in prison for her role in an American college admissions scam.

A federal judge agreed to a plea deal before sentencing the star.

Her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, was sentenced to five months in prison.

In May, the couple admitted to participating in a fraud scheme designed to secure places for their daughters at the University of Southern California as bogus sports rookies.

The plea deal requires Loughlin to pay a fine of $ 150,000 (£ 112,000) and perform 100 hours of community service.

Fashion designer Giannulli must pay a fine of $ 250,000 and perform 250 hours of community service.

“I made a horrible decision,” Loughlin said via a video link.

“I followed a plan to give my daughters an unfair advantage in the college admissions process, and in doing so, I ignored my intuition and let myself be diverted from my moral compass.

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Lori Loughlin and her two daughters Olivia Jade Gianulli (L) and Isabella Gianulli (R)


What was the fraud scheme?

The couple are among 50 people indicted in a suspected criminal enterprise for bringing their children to America’s top universities.

In May, Loughlin pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit email and mail fraud in a Massachusetts court. Giannulli has pleaded guilty to the same charges, as well as another count of honest wire and mail fraud.

The couple had initially pleaded not guilty to the fraud charges.

Prosecutors said Loughlin and Giannulli paid $ 500,000 (£ 408,000) in bribes to have their two daughters admitted to the University of Southern California (USC) as bogus team recruits. ‘rowing.

The couple are among the most high-profile suspects to be caught up in the nation’s cheating scandal.

Desperate Housewives actress Felicity Huffman was also indicted and pleaded guilty within a month. She eventually served 11 days of a two-week sentence in a San Francisco-area jail.

Massachusetts prosecutors had publicly warned Loughlin that the longer her case dragged on, the longer her sentence would be if she was ultimately sentenced at trial rather than plead guilty.

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