Former ‘Full House’ star Lori Loughlin reports to California prison to serve two-month sentence in college bribery case

Loughlin will not seek early release over Covid-19

Clémence Michallon
New York City
Friday 30 October 2020 19:46
Lori Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli exit the Boston federal courthouse on 27 August 2019
Lori Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli exit the Boston federal courthouse on 27 August 2019
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Lori Loughlin has reported to a California prison where she will serve a two-month sentence in a case central to the college admissions scandal.

The actor is in custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) at the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California, a BOP official has confirmed to The Independent.

The US Attorney's office in Boston told The Associated Press that the parties agreed to have Loughlin report to prison earlier than planned – on 30 October instead of 19 November.

“The defendant has further agreed that, during her two-month sentence, she will not seek an early release from prison on Covid-related grounds,” the prosecutor added.

Loughlin will be screened and tested for Covid-19 and will be placed in quarantine for 14 days, under the Bureau of Prisons' coronavirus protocols.

Prosecutors said Giannulli didn't report to prison with Loughlin on Friday.

Loughlin was sentenced to two months in prison during a hearing in August. Her husband Mossimo Giannulli was handed a five-month sentence. The couple were accused of paying half a million dollars in bribes to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California as rowing recruits.

Both had agreed to plead guilty in May. Loughlin pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, while Giannulli pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and honest services wire and mail fraud.

In addition to their prison sentences, Loughlin and Giannulli will both be subjected to two years of supervised release, during which they will have to complete 100 hours and 250 hours of community service respectively. Under the plea deal, Loughlin was ordered to pay a $150,000 fine and Giannulli a $250,000 fine.

The college admissions scandal began making headlines in March last year, when dozens of people were charged over their alleged involvement in the scheme.

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Felicity Huffman served just under two weeks in prison after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.  She was released in October last year.

Additional reporting by AP

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