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Lori Loughlin begins 2-month sentence for role in admissions scandal

Actress Lori Loughlin went to federal prison on Friday, five months after she and her husband pleaded guilty to conspiring to get their two daughters admitted to the University of Southern California in as rookies in rowing, although none have participated in the sport.

Ms Loughlin, 56, went to federal prison in Dublin, Calif., To begin a two-month sentence, according to prosecutors, who said Ms Loughlin had agreed not to seek early release due to the coronavirus pandemic. She was originally scheduled to report to prison on November 19, but prosecutors said they had reached an agreement to allow her to start her sentence earlier.

Actress Felicity Huffman, who admitted in May to paying $ 15,000 to have a supervisor illegally correct her daughter’s SAT responses, served 11 days in the same jail, 35 miles east of San Francisco, which houses more than 870 inmates.

Ms Loughlin was also sentenced to two years of supervised release, during which time she must complete 100 hours of community service and pay a fine of $ 150,000, prosecutors said.

Ms Loughlin and Ms Huffman were among the most high-profile defendants in the nationwide admissions pursuit, in which financiers, lawyers and celebrities have been charged with conspiracy to cheat exams or bribe coaches , showing how far some wealthy parents go to get their kids to prestigious colleges.

More than 50 people have been charged in the massive case, which was orchestrated, prosecutors said, by William Singer, a businessman from Newport Beach, Calif., Who has been cooperating with federal investigators since September 2018.

Ms Loughlin, best known for playing Aunt Becky on the 1990s sitcom ‘Full House,’ and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, 57, a fashion designer, became the 23rd and 24th parents to plead guilty to the case in May. . Prosecutors said the couple paid $ 500,000 to have their children admitted to USC

Unlike Ms Huffman, who released a long, moving statement expressing shame for her actions and apologizing to the hard-working students and their parents, Ms Loughlin made no public statement when she pleaded guilty via Zoom .

But upon her conviction in August, Ms Loughlin tearfully apologized. She said she believed she was acting out of love for her children, but realized that she had only undermined them and contributed to inequalities in society.

“This awareness is weighing heavily on me,” said Ms. Loughlin, “and while I wish I could go back and do things differently, I can only take responsibility and move on.

Mr Giannulli is expected to report to jail for a five-month sentence on Nov. 19, prosecutors said. He was also sentenced to two years of supervised release, during which time he must perform 250 hours of community service and pay a fine of $ 250,000.

One of the prosecutors, Eric S. Rosen of the Massachusetts District Attorney’s Office, said in May that Ms Loughlin and Mr Giannulli knew Mr Singer was mistakenly portraying their two daughters at USC as experienced coxswains. , and that they had both bothered to keep the staff members of the Girls’ High School in the dark.

After their youngest daughter was provisionally admitted to USC as a sports rookie, Mr Singer told the couple to be quiet, Mr Rosen said. Ms Loughlin texted her youngest daughter, the prosecutor said, warning her that telling her high school counselor that USC was her first choice could be “a flag for the weasel to mingle” and not “Tell this man too much. “

Kate Taylor contributed reporting.