Full House actress Lori Loughlin has begun her two-month federal prison sentence in Northern California for her role in the now-infamous ivy league college admissions scandal.
On Friday, Loughlin turned herself into authorities at the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California. It is the same prison where “Desperate Housewives” actress Felicity Huffman served 11 days of her 14-day sentence last October for her role in the massive scandal.
Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, admitted to paying $500,000 to Rick Singer and Key Worldwide Foundation to ensure their daughters, 20-year-old Olivia Jade Giannulli and 21-year-old Isabella Rose Giannulli, were admitted to the University of Southern California. The scheme involved falsely getting the girls on the crew team despite neither of them being a rower.
57-year-old Giannulli was sentenced to five months in prison, 250 hours of community service, and a fine of $250,000. Like her husband, Loughlin will also be required to pay a $150,000 fine and complete 100 hours of community services following her release. The 56-year-old will serve her full two months with no chance of receiving time off for good behavior.
Unfortunately, due to precautions in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus, she will also not be allowed visitors during her prison stint.
Loughlin and her husband are among the 57 people charged in the college cheating scandal nicknamed “Operation Varsity Blues,” which was the focus of Lifetime’s film “The College Admissions Scandal.” The man who orchestrated the elaborate scheme, Rick Singer, has pleaded guilty but will likely not serve any jail time due to his cooperation with the FBI. He and a group of coaches and administrators worked together with parents to arrange cheating on standardized tests. The wealthy parents were also given the option to pay hefty bribes to ensure their children’s admission.