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Lori Loughlin’s Sentencing Date for College Bribery Case Set for Friday

August 21, 2020, 08.18 PM

Loughlin and Giannulli's about-face came shortly after the judge rejected their bid to dismiss the case over allegations of misconduct by federal agents.

The case shattered the clean image of Loughlin, who gained fame for her role as the wholesome Aunt Becky in the sitcom “Full House" that ran from the late 1980s to mid-1990s, and later became queen of the Hallmark channel with her holiday movies and the series “When Calls the Heart.”

The couple has not made any public statements since their arrest and — unlike every other parent sentenced to far in the case — they did not submit letters expressing regret or notes of support from family and friends to the judge ahead of their sentencing.

Loughlin pleaded guilty in May to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud. Giannulli pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and honest services wire and mail fraud.

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Prosecutors agreed to dismiss charges of money laundering and federal programs bribery that were added after the case was filed.

Under the plea deal, Giannulli would also pay a $250,000 fine and perform 250 hours of community service.

Loughlin would pay a $150,000 fine and perform 100 hours of community service.

Prosecutors told the judge this week that Giannulli deserves a tougher sentence because he was “the more active participant in the scheme”, while Loughlin “took a less active role, but was nonetheless fully complicit”.

The couple funneled money through a sham charity operated by college admissions consultant Rick Singer to get their two daughters into USC as crew recruits, even though neither girl was a rower, authorities said.

Investigators had recorded phone calls and emails showing the couple worked with Singer to secure their daughters' admission with fake athletic profiles depicting them as star rowers.

In one email, Singer told Loughlin and Giannulli he needed a picture of their older daughter on a rowing machine in workout clothes “like a real athlete”.

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Prosecutors said the couple allowed the girls “to become complicit in crime”, instructing them to pose on rowing machines for photos and warning their younger daughter not to say too much to her high school counselor to avoid getting caught.

When the counselor began questioning their crew credentials, Giannulli angrily confronted him and asked why he was “trying to ruin or get in the way of their opportunities”, the counselor wrote in notes detailed in court documents.


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