Lori Loughlin Agrees To Plead Guilty In College Admissions Scandal

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The U.S. Attorney's Office of Massachusetts announced Thursday that actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, have agreed to plead guilty in the college admissions scandal.

Loughlin is set to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, while Giannulli will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, as well as honest services wire and mail fraud.

Rosanna Cavallaro, a professor of law at Suffolk University, told WBZ Newsradio's Jeff Brown the plea was a wise move.

"I think wise in the sense that their other legal maneuvers did not pan out," Cavallaro said.

Loughlin is set to receive a sentence of two months in prison with a $150,000 fine and two years of supervised release with 100 hours of community service. Giannulli will serve five months in prison with a $250,000 fine and two years of supervised release with 250 hours of community service.

“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. We will continue to pursue accountability for undermining the integrity of college admissions,” United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling said.

The couple will appear in federal court Friday at 11 a.m.

"It's quite significant in terms of going to jail at all, for someone with no previous criminal involvement," Cavallaro said.

This comes after the tried to fabricate their daughters' applications to the University of Southern California as crew team recruits, a sport neither of them have participated in.

"Might as well try and get the best deal you can get while it's still on the table," Cavallaro said.

WBZ NewsRadio's Jeff Brown (@jeffbrownwbz) reports

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