After pleading guilty in May to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, plus honest services wire and mail fraud, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli was sentenced in federal court today to five months behind bars, plus two years of supervised release, for his role in the College Admissions Scandal. His wife, actress Lori Loughlin, was sentenced to two months in federal prison, as well as two years of supervised release.
Loughlin and Giannulli were accused of working with scheme mastermind Rick Singer and paying $500,000 in bribes to get daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose into USC.
“I went along with a plan to give my daughters an unfair advantage in the college admissions process,” Loughlin said during her virtual hearing this afternoon. “In doing so I ignored my intuition and allowed myself to be swayed from my moral compass. I thought I was acting out of love for my children. But in reality, it only undermined and diminished my daughters’ abilities and accomplishments.”
“I do deeply regret, as [attorney] Sean [Berkowitz] said, the harm that my actions have caused my daughters, my wife, and others,” Giannulli said, addressing the court via Zoom. “I take full responsibility for my conduct, I’m ready to accept consequences and move forward with the lessons I’ve learned from this experience.”
As dozens of other parents involved in similar arrangements with Singer—including actress Felicity Huffman—faced their fates, Giannulli and Loughlin dug in their heels and long attempted to maintain their innocence. But the couple’s prospects of overcoming the rap looked increasingly bleak as details of the case emerged, including a document that appeared to be a (poorly) falsified athletic resume for daughter Olivia Jade, who was admitted to USC as a member of the crew team, despite that she’s a social media influencer rather than a rower.
Giannulli took the heat for more charges than his wife, who plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and is expected to be sentenced to two months behind bars. In addition to Ginannulli’s prison sentence, he’s been ordered to pay a $250,000 fine and perform 250 hours of community service.
Both Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose are reported to have dropped out of USC.