Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli were sentenced Friday for their involvement in the college admissions scandal.
Loughlin appeared remotely before U.S. District Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton in Boston Friday afternoon and was sentenced to two months in prison, 100 hours of community service and a $150,000 fine.
According to the Associated Press, Loughlin addressed the court during her remote sentencing hearing over Zoom regarding the charges.
“I made an awful decision. I went along with a plan to give my daughters an unfair advantage in the college admissions process and in doing so I ignored my intuition and allowed myself to be swayed from my moral compass,” Loughlin said.
Friday morning, Giannulli was sentenced to five months in prison, 250 hours of community service and a $250,000 fine.
“You were not stealing bread to feed your family. You have no excuse for your crime and that makes it all the more blameworthy,” Gorton told Giannulli before his sentence.
Both will be under supervised release for two years.
According to the prosecution, Loughlin played a less active role in the scheme to pay for her daughters’ entrance into USC, resulting in her smaller sentence.
The couple’s sentencing comes four months after their attorneys filed a motion to dismiss all charges against them, claiming that Loughlin and Giannulli didn’t participate in a quid pro quo with USC and thought they were making a legitimate donation, among other claims.
After the motion was denied by a federal judge on May 8, both Loughlin and Giannulli pled guilty on May 21 to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud. Giannulli also pled guilty to honest services wire and mail fraud.
They are among 30 to plead guilty in Operation Varsity Blues, the college cheating scandal that uncovered hefty bribes to get kids into colleges with falsified test scores and fake athletic achievements.
Loughlin must surrender at a federal prison on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 before 2 p.m. and Giannulli will have to self-surrender within 90 days. Loughlin’s lawyers have requested she serve her sentence at the Camp in Victorville in California.