DUBLIN, Calif. — Actress Lori Loughlin reported Friday to a federal prison in California to begin a 2-month sentence handed down to her earlier this year for her role in a large-scale college bribery admissions scandal.
The U.S. Attorney’s office in Boston said Loughlin was being processed at the federal lockup in Dublin, California.
“The parties recently agreed that the defendant can report to prison on October 30, 2020, instead of on November 19, 2020," prosecutors said in a statement. “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 “Full House” star and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, pleaded guilty in May to agreeing to pay $500,000 in bribes to have their daughters labeled as recruits to the University of Southern California crew team, though neither participated in the sport. The couple fought the allegations for months before admitting to participating in the scheme.
As part of a deal with prosecutors, a judge sentenced Loughlin earlier this year to two months in prison and ordered her to pay a $150,000 fine and to serve 100 hours of community service.
Giannulli, who did not report to prison Friday with his wife, was sentenced to five months in prison and ordered to pay a $250,000 fine and to serve 250 hours of community service as part of his plea deal. Prosecutors said he was the “more active” parent involved in the scheme, according to Reuters.
Loughlin and Giannulli were among more than 50 people charged last year with participating in a wide-scale college admissions bribery scheme. Prosecutors said the parents involved paid admissions counselor William “Rick” Singer to bribe college coaches and rig test scores to get their children into elite universities.
Singer has also pleaded guilty to charges connected to the bribery scheme.
Authorities also charged “Desperate Housewives” actress Felicity Huffman for paying Singer to falsify her eldest daughter’s college entrance exam. Prosecutors said she paid admissions consultant William “Rick” Singer $15,000, which she disguised as a charitable donation, to rig her daughter’s SAT score.
Huffman served 11 days of a 14-day prison sentence, paid a fine and served 250 hours of community service after pleading guilty last year to a charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest service mail fraud.
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