Two long years in prison, that’s what Lori Loughlin and husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are looking at after the crackdown on the alleged most massive college admission scheme in the country.
Reportedly, Loughlin, famous with her role in Full House between 1988 and 1995, paid a total of $500,000 for William Rick Singer’s services to get her two daughters—Isabella, 20, and Olivia, 19—to get admitted in the University of Southern California.
Singer, the head honcho of the scheme, bribed a USC coach to get both Olivia Jade and Isabella into the USC Crew Team. However, both of Loughlin’s daughters never participated in crew, competitively or otherwise.
They were passed off as competitive rowers and was even reported that one of Loughlin’s daughters were made to pose to be photoshopped as a competitive rower.
TMZ reports that both students were “average” students and were only pushed to enter USC to please their parents. Moreover, People magazine reported that YouTube star Olivia Jade Giannulli apparently knew about her parents’ scheme to buy her way into USC but went along with it because she trusted them.
But after the news broke, Entertainment Tonight reports that Olivia Jade was mad she even had to go to the school in the first place: A source said Olivia is “really angry with her parents because she told them she did not want to go to college and she was pushed.”
Her sister Isabella, meanwhile, was more sad to leave. Bella “was far more invested in college and would love to have completed USC,” ET‘s source said.
Furthermore, Olivia Jade was also involved in an online controversy regarding one of her YouTube videos where she rants about not being serious about college, saying “I don’t care about [it]” and only wants to go see university games and experience college parties.
On the other hand, regarding the topic about their current standing with USC, Us Weekly reported that: “USC has placed holds on the accounts of students who may be associated with the alleged admissions scheme,” the college said. “This prevents the students from registering for classes (until they have agreed to participate in the review of their case), withdrawing from the university, or acquiring transcripts while their cases are under review. Among many factors, investigators could consider in reviewing each case are any developments in the criminal cases, including plea deals by parents. Following these case-by-case reviews, we will take the proper action related to each student’s status, up to revoking admission or expulsion.“
Either way, both students have not been attending school either they don’t want to, don’t need to, or prevented from, may affect their current standing.
TMZ reported that the girls fear “vicious bullying” if they were still seen around campus.
Lesser Prison Time
Two years may not seem enough after how Loughlin and Giannulli participated in a scheme that tilted the scales of justice towards their agendas, but there is a way for both of them to get reduced sentence.
Earlier this month, Desperate Housewives star, Felicity Huffman was reported to have accepted a guilty plea deal for her role in the college admission scheme, which allowed her only to face a possible four-month prison sentence.
However, Loughlin and Giannulli may still face more; which is the right thing in my opinion. Unlike the couple, Huffman only participated in minimally compared to them.
She paid a relatively low $15,000 to Singer to bribe proctors and let other people take her older daughter’s SAT exam to get a higher average. Also, Huffman was quick to accept a plea deal.
TMZ reported that about a dozen parents implicated by the scandal had been offered plea deals for a reduced sentence and with all of which requiring to serve prison time. The length of time varies, according to the amount they paid in bribes and whether they accept responsibility.
As of the moment, a reported 12 parents accepted the guilty plea deal.
After accepting the plea deal, Huffman said a lengthy emotional statement, “This transgression toward (my daughter) and the public I will carry for the rest of my life.” She adds, “my desire to help my daughter is no excuse to break the law or engage in dishonesty.”