American actress Lori loughlin She was sentenced to two months in prison and a fine of $ 150,000 after pleading guilty in the framework of a large scandal of bribes paid by wealthy parents to get their children to prestigious universities.
Boston federal judge Nathaniel Gorton followed the Massachusetts federal prosecutor’s recommendations by imposing the sentence in a hearing of about 30 minutes, organized by video conference in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
The 56-year-old actress, known for her role as the aunt becky in the tv series Full house»Of the 1980s and 1990s, he will also have to spend two years on probation after being released from prison, and do 100 hours of community service.
Dressed soberly, in a white blouse and a gold chain, Loughlin she shed a few tears as she apologized for her “horrible decision.”
“I followed a plan to give my daughters an unfair advantage”he admitted.
He said he later realized that his actions only served “to exacerbate existing inequalities.”
College scandal: actress Lori Loughlin sentenced to two months in jail
The grief was expected since the actress and her husband, the fashion designer Mossimo giannulli, pleaded guilty in May to the crime of bank fraud.
TO GiannulliThe 57-year-old was sentenced to five months in jail and, like his wife, is due to report to jail on November 19. Her sentence includes a fine of $ 250,000, 250 hours of community service and two years of probation upon release from prison.
A less strong sentence
In exchange for that admission of guilt, which prevents the couple from going to trial, the Massachusetts federal prosecutor decided not to prosecute them for the other two crimes that he indicated, as is often the case in the United States, and recommended this relatively lenient sentence.
TO Loughlin, 55 years old, and GiannulliThe 56-year-old is accused of paying half a million dollars to make sure their two daughters entered the University of Southern California (USC) as members of their competitive rowing team, a sport the girls never practiced.
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The organizer of the bribery scheme, William “Rick” Singer, received more than $ 25 million for bribing coaches and college admissions officials, according to prosecutors. He pleaded guilty and cooperates with authorities.
The actress of Desperate Housewives Felicity Huffman, the most famous person charged in the same scandal, pleaded guilty to paying $ 15,000 to have his daughter’s college entrance exam score improved and spent 11 days in a California jail. It was released last October.
Of the 55 people charged in the scandal, 41 have already pleaded guilty and in return have managed to reduce their sentences, generally to a few months in prison.