The ongoing saga surrounding the college admissions scandal has come to a close for fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, husband to actress Lori Loughlin. On Friday, August 20, he was sentenced to five months in prison for his involvement. Loughlin is also expected to be sentenced Friday afternoon.
Sitting before Judge Nathaniel Gorton via Zoom, Giannulli pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and one count of honest services wire and mail fraud. He was sentenced to two years of supervised release and is required to complete 250 hours of community service. He was also ordered to pay a fine of $250,000.
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During the hearing, Giannulli addressed the room and expressed his shame.
"I deeply regret the harm that my actions have caused my daughters, my wife and others," he said during the virtual hearing, per CNN. "I take full responsibility for my conduct. I'm ready to accept the consequences and move forward with the lessons I've learned from this experience."
Guinnulli and Loughlin became the face of the college admissions scandal back in March 2019 when it was reported that the high-profile couple paid large sums of money to the mastermind behind the scandal, William “Rick” Singer, to get their daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose Giannulli into University of Southern California. The daughters are no longer enrolled in the university.
Gorton addressed Guinnulli directly and called the incident a "breathtaking fraud."
"You certainly did know better and you helped sponsor a breathtaking fraud on our system of education and involved your wife and your two daughters in cheating and faking their way into a prestigious university," Gorton told the designer. "You were not stealing bread to feed your family. You have no excuse for your crime. And that makes it all the more blameworthy."
Actress Felicity Huffman was also involved in the college scandal and pled guilty to her par in it, where she paid $15,000 to have her eldest daughter's SAT exam doctored. Huffman was sentenced to 14 days in prison, but only served 11.
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