When you think of a hardened convicted criminal, Lori Loughlin is probably not the face that springs to mind. However, Loughlin just wrapped up a 2 month stint in the slammer after being convicted of participating in a pay-to-play college admissions scandal where the wealthy and elite use their money and power to leverage their children into colleges they haven’t earned admission for by merit.
Loughlin’s Admissions Scandal; What Was it And Who Else Was Involved?
Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli were convicted of a pay-to-play admissions scandal. The couple paid the Singer and Key Worldwide Foundation to designate their two daughters as recruits of the crew team for the University of Southern California, so it would appear favorably on their college admissions applications. The problem is, daughters Olivia Jade Giannulli and Isabella Rose Giannulli were not members of any crew team, they never had been. But the merits of their alleged “participation” with the crew team prompted their acceptance into the University of SoCal as crew recruits. Loughlin and Giannulli paid $500,000 to insure that their daughters were accepted into the university.
As gross as the entire process is, Loughlin and Giannulli are not alone. People often joke about the wealthy elite using their position to gain access to privileges not afforded to people with less means, but in this case the joke is entirely accurate. The investigation into Loughlin and Giannulli has uncovered a disturbing network of wealthy and prestigious people using their position to get their children into the colleges and universities of their dreams. It explains why so many incompetent politicians with wealthy parents attended elite universities, among other things. Loughlin and Giannulli were the 23rd and 24th parents connected to this particular scandal to plead guilty.
2 Months in Prison
In May, both Loughlin and Giannulli pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, and one count of honest services wire and mail fraud.
Per People, “On Aug. 21, a judge approved the couple’s plea deal, sentencing her to two months in jail, a $150,000 fine and 150 hours of community service, while Giannulli, 57, received five months in jail, a $250,000 fine and 250 hours of community service.
Loughlin, 56, reported to FCI-Dublin in Northern California on Oct. 30 to serve her sentence. On Nov. 19, Giannulli was booked into federal prison in Lompoc, near Santa Barbara, where he is currently serving his sentence.”
According to people close to Loughlin, she struggled at first but soon fell into a routine that helped her pass the time. “When Loughlin began her sentence, a legal source close to her said that she was holding up well. ‘She was a little weepy on her first night there, but she pulled herself together quickly,’ the source said. ‘She hasn’t had any specific problems. No one is bullying her.’
According to court records, Loughlin has already paid the fines assessed against her. She now must complete her community service in order to fulfill the final portion of her sentence.”
Part of a Bigger Problem
Loughlin’s original release date had been set for December 27th, and speculation ran rampant that she would be released early to be able to spend time at home with her family for Christmas. However, the date was amended to the 28th and Loughlin was not released early. Loughlin has served as somewhat of a warning to others. The former Full House actress is wealthy and famous enough to serve as an example, but not wealthy enough to avoid the consequences of her actions. The court is clearly carefully walking a line between making her an example, and not being overly punitive to do so.
Although Loughlin and Giannulli are unlikely to repeat their crimes, the court hopes that their sentences will serve as deterrents to other wealthy parents considering pay-to-play admissions for their kids. Whether or not it will actually work remains to be seen. For now, Loughlin is home and her family is one person closer to whole again.