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Parents to plead guilty in college scam

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 5/21/20, 11:21 am

Full House actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli will serve prison time as part of a plea deal in their bribery case. Prosecutors accuse the couple of paying $500,000 to get their daughters admitted to the University of Southern California as fake crew recruits. Fifty people, most of them wealthy parents, faced charges in the scheme to pay students’ way into elite U.S. universities.

How long will they be behind bars? Loughlin has agreed to serve two months in prison, and Giannulli will get five months under the deal, which a judge must approve. They are scheduled to change their pleas from not guilty to guilty on Friday via video conference.

Dig deeper: Read Kiley Crossland’s report in Schooled about the debate over how to keep scams like this one from happening again.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • Trumpetly Speaking
    Posted: Thu, 05/21/2020 01:10 pm

    What about the school and the employees or other actors who took the money and committed the crime of accepting/faking the students' credentials?  We need justice reform.  These prosecutors have once again utilized sensational media coverage to threaten and bully themselves another win.  We need justice reform now.  

    Posted: Thu, 05/21/2020 04:06 pm

    Trumpetly Speaking

    I agree

    Posted: Thu, 05/21/2020 04:10 pm

    Are these people conservatives? 

    Did Dems find out that they have NOT been supporting them?

    There are plenty more rich people out there who did the same and worse. Where are they? Is someone shredding evidence? Deleting emails? Taking early retirement? 

  • GC
    Posted: Fri, 05/22/2020 09:45 am

    Did the tougher sentence have anything to do with attempting to maintain their innocence at first and waiting a full year to plead guilty?

  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 05/27/2020 12:12 am

    Don't shed too many tears for these privileged folk having to spend time in prison.  Doubt they'll be in the same dangerous and horrible lockups us ordinary people would be thrown in.