US actress Lori Loughlin, jailed over college admissions scandal, freed - GulfToday

US actress Lori Loughlin, jailed over college admissions scandal, freed

Lori Loughlin, front, and husband Mossimo Giannulli, left, depart from the federal court in Boston. AFP

American actress Lori Loughlin was released from prison on Monday after serving a two-month sentence for her participation in the college admissions scandal.

The “Fuller House” actress, had entered a low-security federal prison in Dublin, some 30 miles east of San Francisco, on October 30, according to reports from news agencies.

Actress Felicity Huffman of "Desperate Housewives" fame was released in October 2019 from the same prison after serving 11 days of a two-week sentence for her role in the scam.


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Loughlin’s role in the nationwide scandal, which included more than 50 parents, saw her pay half a million dollars in bribes to get her and husband Mossimo Giannulli’s two daughters into college.

She and her husband were sentenced by a federal judge in August after having pleaded guilty.

The pair admitted to paying $500,000 to gain admission for their two daughters to the University of Southern California as recruits to the rowing crew team — a sport neither had ever trained in.

Loughlin was also sentenced to two years of supervised release, a $150,000 fine and 100 hours of community service.

Giannulli, 57, described by prosecutors as the more active participant of the duo, was sentenced to five months, a $250,000 fine and 250 hours of community service.

He began serving his sentence on November 19 at the Lompoc prison near Santa Barbara, California.

The ringleader behind the college admissions scam, William "Rick" Singer, who authorities say was paid about $25 million to bribe coaches and university administrators, has pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing, expected sometime next year.

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