Lori Loughlin: US actress to plead guilty in college cheating scam

Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli right have agreed to plead guilty in college admissions scam prosecutors say

Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli right have agreed to plead guilty in college admissions scam prosecutors say

The star of the 1980s-90s sitcom Full House along with her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, were among 50 people indicted in an elaborate scam to secure spots for privileged children at prestigious U.S. universities. Loughlin and Giannulli initially pleaded not guilty last April and seemed bent on fighting the case, even after they and nine other parents were hit with new bribery charges last October. Giannulli's agreement includes a payment of $250,000 fine and two years of supervised release with 250 hours of community service.

In February, Loughlin and Giannulli's lawyers said they had evidence that would exonerate the two of wrongdoing.

Attorneys for the defendants didn't immediately respond to a Law&Crime request for comment.

The consultant, William "Rick" Singer, pleaded guilty past year to running a scheme to facilitate cheating on college entrance exams and use bribery to secure the admission of various parents' children to schools as fake athletic recruits.

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Loughlin and Giannulli were among 50 people arrested a year ago in the case dubbed "Operation Varsity Blues" that rocked the word of higher education. Following the allegations, they were each charged with mail and wire fraud, honest services mail and wire fraud, money laundering, and conspiracy to commit federal programs bribery. According to her plea agreement, which is subject to the Court's approval, Lori will now spend two months prison in exchange for pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud.

"We will continue to pursue accountability for undermining the integrity of college admissions", U.S. Attorney Andrew E. Lelling said in a written statement. The Desperate Housewives star was the other major celeb named in "Operation Varsity Blues", and she was accused of paying a $15,000 bribe as part of a scheme to boost her daughter's SAT score. He will serve five months in jail.

Michelle Janavs, whose family invented Hot Pockets, and Douglas Hodge, the ex-CEO of Pacific Investment Management Co., are allowed to remain free until at least June 30, the judge ruled.

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