- Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, were offered a plea deal that would give them at least two years in prison, according to TMZ.
- The two allegedly paid $US500,000 to bribe a coach at the University of Southern California to get their two daughters into the school as part of the college admissions scandal “Operation Varsity Blues.”
- The plea deal appears to be more severe than the one Felicity Huffman agreed to Monday because of the severity of the alleged crime. Huffman paid only $US15,000.
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“Full House” actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, the fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, were offered a plea deal that would give them each a minimum of two years in prison for their role in the college admissions scandal “Operation Varsity Blues,”according to TMZ.
The couple allegedly paid William “Rick” Singer, the alleged ringleader of the scheme, $US500,000 to get their two daughters admitted into the University of Southern California, according to prosecutors. The daughters,Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose Giannulli, were not accused of wrongdoing.
On Monday, the Department of Justice announced a guilty plea from “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman, the other celebrity in the case. She pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest-services mail fraud for paying Singer to cheat on a college entrance exam. Prosecutors are requesting a prison term of around four months as part of her guilty plea, according to CBS News.
The prison term in the plea deal for Loughlin and Giannulli is so much higher, according to TMZ, because of the severity of the charges. Huffman paid just $US15,000 for Singer to cheat on an exam. Loughlin and Giannulli allegedly paid $US500,000 for Singer to bribe a crew coach at the University of Southern California.
Loughlin quickly lost work after she was charged by the Justice Department. Netflix reportedly said “Fuller House” would continue without her, and the Hallmark Channel ended its deal with her.
In addition to two coaches, 13 parents have pleaded guilty to charges related to “Operation Varsity Blues,” according to the Department of Justice. The department charged 50 people in March for participating in the scheme.
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