Actress Lori Loughlin and husband fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, have agreed to plead guilty in connection to the college admissions bribery scandal dubbed Operation Varsity Blues, joining 22 other parents who pleaded guilty in the scandal.
The couple originally pleaded not guilty in federal court in Boston in April 2019 after being accused of paying a $500,000 bribe to secure their daughters’ admission to the University of Southern California as recruits for the university’s crew team.
As part of the scheme, Giannulli emailed Rick Singer, the scam’s mastermind and a USC athletics, pictures of his daughters posing on indoor rowing machines, which were then used to create the athletic profiles.
Loughlin will plead guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, and Giannulli will plead guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and honest services wire and mail fraud.
According to authorities,as part of the plea agreement, Loughlin will be sentenced to two months in prison a $150,000 fine, two years of supervised release and 100 hours of community service and Giannulli will be sentenced to five months in prison a $250,000 fine, two years of supervised release and 250 hours of community service, subject to the court’s approval.
If Loughlin and Giannulli had gone to trial and been convicted, they could have faced up to 20 years in prison for the conspiracy charge.
They are scheduled to plead guilty on Friday at 11:30 a.m.