Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, received two-month and five-month sentences in federal prison, respectively, after being formally sentenced Friday in the college admissions scandal. 

Loughlin will pay a $150,000 fine, followed by two years of supervised release and 100 hours of community service. Giannulli is set to pay a $250,000 fine followed by two years of supervised release and 250 hours of community service.

"I deeply regret the harm that my actions have caused my daughters, my wife and others," said Giannulli during the Friday sentencing hearing that was conducted by Zoom amid the coronavirus pandemic, USA Today reported. "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." 


The couple was accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to California-based consultant Rick Singer in a college admissions scandal to ensure that their daughters, Olivia Jade Giannulli and Isabella Giannulli, were accepted into the University of Southern California fraudulently as rowing recruits.  

During the Friday sentencing hearing, the “Full House” actor said, “I made an awful decision. I went along with a plan to give my daughters an unfair advantage in the college admissions process and in doing so I ignored my intuition and allowed myself to be swayed from my moral compass.”

“I have great faith in God and I believe in redemption and I will do everything in my power to redeem myself and use this experience as a catalyst to do good,” she continued, according to The Associated Press.

Prosecutors have said that Giannulli deserves a tougher sentence because he was "the more active participant in the scheme," according to the outlet. 

In May, Loughlin pleaded pleaded guilty 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. Prior to pleading guilty, the couple had maintained their innocence in the case since March 2019.

The sentences handed down Friday were agreed to under the couple’s plea bargains that were negotiated with federal prosecutors earlier this year.


U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton told Giannulli Friday that he could not blame a bad upbringing or ignorance of the law for the designer’s actions.

“You were not stealing bread to feed your family. You have no excuse for your crime and that makes it all the more blameworthy,” the judge said, scolding him for "breathtaking fraud," the AP reported. 

The couple is among nearly 30 parents to plead guilty in the scandal, which federal prosecutors have named “Operation Varsity Blues.”