Lori Loughlin, Mossimo Giannulli To Plead Guilty In ‘Varsity Blues’ Scandal : NPR


Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, clothing designer Mossimo Giannulli, have agreed to plead guilty to charges from a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal.

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Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, clothing designer Mossimo Giannulli, have agreed to plead guilty to charges from a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal.

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Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli, a fashion designer, have agree to plead guilty in connection to the college admissions bribery scandal federal investigators dubbed “Operation Varsity Blues.”

The U.S. Attorney’s Office of the District of Massachusetts made the announcement Thursday, saying Loughlin will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud.

Her husband will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and honest services wire and mail fraud.

According to the recommendations of the plea agreement, Loughlin is facing two months in prison and a $150,000 fine. Her husband is facing a five month prison sentence and a $250,000 fine. Ultimately, a federal judge will determine their sentences.

Both are scheduled to enter guilty pleas on Friday at 11:30 a.m. ET, federal authorities said.

“Under the plea agreements filed today, these defendants will serve prison terms reflecting their respective roles in a conspiracy to corrupt the college admissions process and which are consistent with prior sentences in this case,” Andrew Lelling, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, said in statement.

“We will continue to pursue accountability for undermining the integrity of college admissions,” he added.

The couple originally pleaded not guilty in federal court in Boston in April 2019.

The charges are connected to the paying $500,000 in bribes to secure their daughters’ admission the University of Southern California. They were allegedly being recruited as prospective rowers for the school, even though neither had crew experience.

Loughlin is best known for playing the role of Aunt Becky on the long-running sitcom Full House. Giannulli’s Mossimo brand was a core clothing label at Target until 2017.

Federal prosecutors say the couple are the 23rd and 24th parents to plead guilty in the college admissions scandal case.

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