Husband to Lori Loughlin, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, will now join her in prison after being found guilty over their college admissions scandal.
What a tangled web. While his sentence is shorter than his wife’s, Mossimo Giannulli will now serve five months in prison. The ruling comes after Giannulli pled guilty on charges stemming from his family’s college admissions crimes.
According to Fox News, Giannulli’s five-month term begins today. His guilty plea stems from “$500,000 payments to scam mastermind William “Rick” Singer to get their daughters into university.”
Those daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella Giannulli, were to join University of Southern California’s crew team. Neither, however, has ever been party to the sport.
“In their plea agreement, Giannulli agreed to serve five months and pay a $250,000 fine. In addition, two years of supervised release and 250 hours of community service,” Fox News reports. “Meanwhile, Loughlin got a lighter sentence, with a judge ruling for her to spend two months in prison.”
The actress is also to pay a $150,000 fine and commit to 100 hours of community service. Each was given until today, November 19th, to report to prison and begin their sentences.
Lori Loughlin & Husband Imprisoned Simultaneously
A prolific fashion designer, Giannulli (57) made his appearance in court via Zoom this past August. From there, Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton’s accepted his guilty plea.
“I do deeply regret, as [attorney] Sean [Berkowitz] said, the harm that my actions have caused my daughters, my wife, and others,” Giannulli says of his crimes. “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.”
Those following the case, however, will note that Giannulli’s sentence is more severe than what Lori Loughlin will serve. U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling notes that this is appropriate. As a result of “Giannulli’s expanded role in the scandal compared to the actress, his sentence is elongated.
“The crime Giannulli and Loughlin committed was serious,” Lelling writes. “Over the course of two years, they engaged twice in Singer’s fraudulent scheme. They involved both their daughters in the fraud, directing them to pose in staged photographs for use in fake athletic profiles. [And] instructing one daughter how to conceal the scheme from her high school counselor. As between the defendants, the evidence suggests that Giannulli was the more active participant in the scheme.”
Loughlin’s Family Crimes go Deeper than Expected
Furthermore, U.S. Attorney Lelling notes that Giannulli “engaged more frequently with Singer, directed the bribe payments to USC and Singer. [And] personally confronted his daughter’s high school counselor to prevent the scheme from being discovered, brazenly lying about his daughter’s athletic abilities.”
“Loughlin took a less active role, but was nonetheless fully complicit,” Lelling also adds. “[Loughlin] eagerly enlisting Singer a second time for her younger daughter, and coaching her daughter not to ‘say too much’ to her high school’s legitimate college counselor, lest he catch on to their fraud.”
Her husband’s prison sentence comes just weeks after word broke that Lori Loughlin Might Be Released from Prison Early Due to Christmas.