Lori Loughlin, Mossimo Giannulli Sentenced in College Cheating Scandal
Two key figures in the college admissions scandal were sentenced by a federal judge on Friday. Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, will serve two months and five months in prison respectively and pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.
Loughlin and Giannulli entered into a plea deal with prosecutors after initially opting to fight the charges. Prosecutors said they paid $500,000 to get their daughters accepted into the University of California on the school’s crew team, even though they had never participated in the sport.
“I made an awful decision,” Loughlin told the judge in a virtual call. “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.”
The college admission scandal shocked the world when it broke last year and ignited a nationwide discussion about wealth, race, privilege, and the role they play in elite college admissions.
Read more about Friday’s sentencing here.