Lori Loughlin has been sentenced to two months in federal prison for her involvement in the 2019 college admissions cheating scandal, People confirmed on Friday. The 56-year-old actress is also expected to pay a fine of $150,000 and serve 150 hours of community service. Lori and her attorneys originally pleaded not guilty, but eventually decided on a plea deal.
"I made an awful decision. I went along will the plan to give my daughters an unfair advantage in the college admissions process," Lori said during her virtual court hearing. "In doing so, ignored my intuition and allowed myself to be swayed from my moral compass. I thought I was acting out of love for my children, but in reality, I had only undermined and diminished my daughters' abilities and accomplishments."
Lori's husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, was sentenced as well, though he was served five months in federal prison and fined $250,000 and 250 hours of community service.
Lori and Massimo were originally accused of paying $500,000 to admissions consultant William "Rick" Singer and his Key Worldwide Foundation nonprofit organization to get both of their daughters, 21-year-old Isabella Rose and 20-year-old YouTube blogger Olivia Jade, into USC as recruits on the crew team, despite the fact that neither of them participated in crew.
In 2019, the couple was charged with "one count each of conspiracy to commit federal programs bribery," along with additional charges of "money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud." In May 2020, Lori confessed to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, while her husband pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and one count of honest services wire and mail fraud.