Actress Lori Loughlin reported to a federal prison in Northern California on Friday to begin a two-month sentence for her role in a major college admissions fraud scandal, according to officials at prison and federal prosecutor’s office.
The “Full House” star surrenders to authorities at the Federal Correctional Institute in Dublin, California, about 40 miles east of San Francisco. She was early; The judge who sentenced her ordered her to go to prison on November 19.
It is also the federal detention site where “Desperate Housewives” actress Felicity Huffman served her for 11 days last October. Huffman is generally population and has to follow all the rules, including calling to wake up at 5 a.m., wearing a khaki uniform and a brown T-shirt, and 5 inmate attendance per day. Loughlin will have to follow the same rules set by the Prison Bureau.
Currently, prisons are not allowed to visit because of the coronavirus pandemic. As part of the new intake precautions, Loughlin will be screened for Covid-19, a disease caused by coronavirus, and placed on quarantine.
Loughlin, who is assigned to the Detention Department at 77827-112, has also been ordered to pay a $ 150,000 fine and complete 100 hours of community service after being released under a sentence given by Judge Nathaniel Gorton in a session Virtual hearing in August. She is scheduled to serve a full two months behind bars for not having good behavior leave in the federal system for sentences of less than one year.
Huffman was released on the 11th day after 14 days of serving. According to prison officials, she was released on a Friday as normal policy for inmates supposedly released on weekends.
Loughlin, 56 and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, admitted in May paying $ 500,000 to Rick Singer and the Key Worldwide Foundation to wrongly assign her two daughters Olivia Jade Giannulli, 20, and Isabella Rose Giannulli, 21. age, a university rookie. of the Southern California crew. No girl is the boatman. The couple went so far as to play students on a rowing machine to apply for admission.
Giannulli, 57, was sentenced to 5 months in prison, 250 hours of community service and a $ 250,000 fine.
The attorneys and family representatives declined to comment on Friday.
Loughlin and Giannulli are among the 57 people charged in a college fraud scandal – dubbed the Varsity Blues by the FBI – that rocked college admissions offices and shaken trust. public into the system. The mastermind of the plan, Singer, pleaded guilty but has yet to be declared as federal prosecutors continue to use him as a cooperative witness. He and a team of coaches and administrators give parents options to cheat on standard tests or bribe their way into college through the side door, all for a hefty fee. giant.
“I made a bad decision and went with a plan to give my daughters an unfair advantage in the college admissions process,” Loughlin said at the August sentencing. She, read from a statement.
“I think I acted out of love for my child, but in reality it only weakened and reduced my daughter’s abilities and achievements,” she read as she wiped her tears.
Those tears and her surrender to federal guardianship were far from the attitude she displayed in her first trial more than a year and a half ago. After that, she was all smiles, criticized for her signature outside the court. Inside the courtroom, she enjoyed sitting next to the prosecutor, something no other defendant in the college fraud scandal has done during their courtroom appearances.
Despite her senior legal team, federal prosecutors continued to charge, issuing four alternative indictments before Loughlin pleaded guilty on May 21. For each charge, the risk of imprisonment. become more serious. And although Huffman’s crimes have a lower penalty, when she was sentenced behind bars, the prospect of Loughlin evading prison time has become obsolete.
Especially against her as key government witnesses, Singer, who is under the supervision of federal prosecutors, called Loughlin and Giannulli to discuss the details of the crimes they were later charged with. .
When the judge was about to give Loughlin’s verdict, he said that he was having difficulty understanding the actor’s motives behind the crime.
“Here you are, a professional, successful, admired actor with a stable marriage, two strong, resilient children, more money than you could ever need, a beautiful home in the region. Sunny Southern California – a fairytale about life, ”Gorton said.
“Yet you stand before me before a convicted felony. And for what? Because of the inexplicable desire to grasp more.”