WASHINGTON – Former Full House start Lori Loughlin and her fashion-designer husband Mossimo Giannuli were offered a plea deal that will give them a minimum 2-year prison sentence if they plead guilty to paying $500,000 to get their two daughters admitted to the University of Southern California as crew athletes.
Loughlin and Giannuli have are still holding out on their final decision regarding pleading guilty to these charges, according to Mercury News and TMZ.
Crown Media, the parent company of Hallmark, has announced it will sever ties with Loughlin. The actress was also involved in the “Fuller House” series that was renewed for its fifth season on Netflix.
Loughlin’s daughters’ academic fate is in limbo as USC will not allow any student to withdraw from the school and that each student will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
On the university’s website, it states, “USC determined which applicants in the current admissions cycle are connected to the alleged scheme and they will be denied admission. A case-by-case review of current students who may be connected to the alleged scheme is also underway. We will make informed decisions?about those cases as the reviews are completed.”
On Monday, Felicity Huffman entered into a guilty plea for her role of paying $15,000 to boost her daughter’s SAT scores. Huffman paid “college admissions consultant and coach” Rick Singer. Huffman may face a four-month sentence in prison for her crime that is viewed as less serious for two reasons: One, $15,000 is a relatively low amount, and two, she reached a plea deal very quickly. Huffman and 12 other parents pleaded guilty on Monday in Boston.
Individuals who decide to fight the federal charges will elevate their case to a federal grand jury, and risk having more charges added, such as money laundering. These types of charges significantly raise the amount of time one would serve in prison.
Marissa Martinez is a political contributor for Accuracy in Media. She is the former political director to Massachusetts Governor’s re-election campaign, alumna of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and political consultant to national PACs. Follow her AIM border stories, @MarissaAlisa.
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