Former “Full House” TV star Lori Loughlin was sentenced to two months in prison Friday for admittedly conspiring to pay a half-million-dollar bribe to get her two daughters into the University of Southern California as fake rowing recruits.
A federal judge in Boston OK’d the plea deal for Loughlin, 55, who was implicated with designer husband Mossimo Giannulli in the nationwide college admissions scandal.
Giannulli had been sentenced earlier Friday before the same judge and will serve five months behind bars.
The couple were accused of paying $500,000 to scheme mastermind Rick Singer to falsely portray their daughters, social media “influencer” Olivia Jade Giannulli, 20, and Isabella Rose Giannulli, 21, as talented rowing crew athletes — even though neither of them ever participated in the sport.
As part of the pair’s sentences, Loughlin — an actress best known for portraying the wholesome “Aunt Becky” on the sitcom “Full House” in the late 1980s to the mid-1990s — will pay a $150,000 fine and perform 100 hours of community service.
The Italian-born Giannulli — founder of the multimillion-dollar clothing brand Mossimo — will pay a $250,000 fine and serve 250 hours of community service.
Their sentencings bring to a close the celebrity couple’s galling, made-for-TV legal drama, for which they’d faced a decade or more in prison had they lost at trial.
Loughlin and Giannulli — together worth an estimated $100 million — were among the highest profile defendants in the scam, in which some 30 prominent parents have pleaded guilty to paying hefty bribes for the fake test scores and athletic credentials their undeserving kids needed to get into desirable colleges.
“Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman was sentenced to two weeks in prison last year for her own part in the scheme to get one of her daughters into college.
Until their guilty pleas, Loughlin and Giannulli had continued to insist that they believed the payments — which were funnelled through a sham charity operated by Singer — were legitimate donations to USC.
Singer had been prepared to testify against Loughlin and Giannulli had they taken the case to trial.
But the list of potential witnesses against them was lengthy.
Prosecutors have accused Giannulli and Loughlin of even repeatedly lying to Olivia Jade’s high school guidance counselor, who had doubted that the YouTuber was in crew based on “her video blogging schedule,” as the feds said in court papers.
“Giannulli also bluntly stated that [Olivia Jade] was a coxswain,” prosecutors alleged earlier this week.
The then-teen’s bogus resume boasted of gold-medal wins at the San Diego Crew Classic as far back as 2014.
The pair is worth an estimated $100 million — with some $70 million of that credited to Mossimo’s lucrative licensing agreement with Target stores.
Still, they had been downscaling of late. Earlier this year, they sold their $18 million Bel Air mansion, earlier this month buying a $9.5 million farmhouse in Hidden Hills, Calif.
Loughlin told pals in June that she was terrified of getting COVID-19 in prison.
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