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Loughlin’s Husband, Mossimo Giannulli, Sentenced to 5 Months

One of the highest-profile defendants in the college admissions scandal, which exposed the rich and famous paying big bucks on cheating scams to get their kids into the nation’s most prestigious colleges and universities, was sentenced on Friday.

Actress Lori Loughlin’s husband, Mossimo Giannulli, was sentenced to 5 months in prison by Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton for the charges of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and to honest services wire and mail fraud. The sentence is in line with the terms of Giannulli’s plea deal that was laid out months ago.

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Giannulli’s sentence includes two years of supervised release, 250 hours of community service, and a $250,000 fine. Judge Gorton announced in the hearing on Friday that he believed the sentence is “sufficient but not greater than necessary under the circumstance.”

The fashion designer, who is 57, appeared in a Massachusetts federal court virtually via Zoom from what appeared to be a conference room in Los Angeles, Calif. He wore a dark suit, a light pink shirt, and a dark purple tie. His hearing took place just hours before Loughlin’s, which is is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Friday.

Following Gorton’s acceptance of his plea deal, Giannulli addressed the court.

“I do deeply regret, as [attorney] Sean [Berkowitz] said, the harm that my actions have caused my daughters, my wife, and others. 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,” Loughlin’s husband said.

Giannulli has 60 days to pay the fine. He will report to a facility that has yet to be determined on November 19 before 2 p.m.

Gorton delivered a scorching speech to denounce Giannnulli’s crimes. He informed the fashion designer that he belongs in jail to dissuade others in his position who believe they have enough money to buy whatever they want.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristen Kearney spoke to Giannulli’s sentence, calling the five months he will serve “appropriate.” Kearney dubbed Giannulli’s crime more than “just overzealous parenting.”

“It is criminal and desiring of the 5 months imprisonment,” Kearney said.

Berkowitz also spoke to Giannulli’s actions, calling his celebrity client “humble.”

Lori Loughlin's husband, Mossimo Giannulli, was handed a five-month prison sentence for his involvement in the college admissions scandal.

Lori Loughlin’s husband, Mossimo Giannulli, was handed a five-month prison sentence for his involvement in the college admissions scandal. (Getty)

“He works to be a good role model for his children,” Berkowitz said, before explaining how Giannulli’s correspondence with scam mastermind William “Rick” Singer began.

Berkowitz said when Moss was introduced to Singer, he was presented as a “reputable college counselor.”

“It wasn’t until April 2016 that Singer first suggested the side door that you’ve heard about… When Singer suggested side door, Moss made some bad decisions and even took photos of his kids. He understands what he has done is wrong.”

Berkowitz added that Giannulli “regrets deeply bringing his wife [Lori Loughlin] into the scheme,” and said the attention garnered from the scandal has led to the couple’s daughters, Isabella and Olivia Jade, to be “bullied on social media.”

Giannulli’s sentence comes after more than a year of legal battles in which the famous couple initially pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from $500,000 in payments made to scam mastermind Singer to get their daughters recruited to the University of Southern California on the crew team despite never actually participating in the sport.

In May, the duo shocked many when they changed course and agreed to plead guilty like their fellow celebrity counterpart in the scandal, Felicity Huffman. The “Desperate Housewives” actress served 11 days of a planned two-week sentence in 2019 for similar crimes.

Giannulli pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and to honest services wire and mail fraud, while Loughlin pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud.

In her plea agreement, Loughlin agreed to serve two months and pay a $150,000 fine with two years of supervised release and 100 hours of community service. A judge will make a ruling on Loughlin’s case later on Friday.

U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling agreed to the terms of the plea, outlining Giannulli’s expanded role in the scandal compared to the “Fuller House” actress in his sentence recommendation that was previously obtained by Fox News.

In this April 3, 2019, file photo, actress Lori Loughlin, front, and husband, clothing designer Mossimo Giannulli, left, leave federal court in Boston after facing charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. 

In this April 3, 2019, file photo, actress Lori Loughlin, front, and husband, clothing designer Mossimo Giannulli, left, leave federal court in Boston after facing charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal.  (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

“The crime Giannulli and Loughlin committed was serious. 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,” Lelling wrote. “He 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.”

In this Aug. 13, 2017 file photo, actress Lori Loughlin, center, poses with her daughters Bella, left, and Olivia Jade.

In this Aug. 13, 2017 file photo, actress Lori Loughlin, center, poses with her daughters Bella, left, and Olivia Jade. (Jordan Strauss/AP, File)

He added: “Loughlin took a less active role, but was nonetheless fully complicit, 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.”

Loughlin and Giannulli had previously pleaded not guilty to expanded charges of bribery brought against them in October along with 11 other parents swept up in the scandal.

The charge of conspiracy to commit federal program bribery carries a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. The couple was also hit with charges of money laundering and conspiracy that carried a potential sentence of 40 years if convicted on all of them.

Loughlin was fired from roles on both Netflix’s “Fuller House” and Hallmark’s “When Calls the Heart” after her role in the scandal came to light in 2019.

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  1. Why is he being punished for a non-violent “crime” when drug pushers, convicted from a, I.e. rapists, terrorists, actual thieves, etc. are allowed to be free to commit more of what they were convicted of and sentenced for THEN RELEASED!!?? Where is the justice in your decision of prison time, and a huge fine?
    What about our so-called “government” perjurers and liars? Proven to be so, but don’t get so much as a slap on their wrist. So NO, I DO NOT feel he and his wife were or are being treated justly.

    • Statesman Patriot

      I hope someone close to you, who had qualifications, was rejected by these colleges because these criminals used their money to get their kids admitted fraudulently!
      These kinds of people walk all over every day people like us with no regard for what is right or wrong, because they are rich and famous!!
      But you’re okay with a very light sentence?
      Tells me you’re the kind that would be willing do the same kind of crimes!

      • Thank you, you said it so well. Yes they need to be punished. They think money can buy them anything and be so smug about it all. Lori continued to act smug throughout her ordeal. Guess she’s better than the rest of us….

      • I don’t think Evelyn is okay with “this” so your ill will toward her is unfounded, I think she sees it unfair those doing much worse getting nothing done to them while these folks are made an example paying a high cost.

        • Yes, I think what Evelyn is saying that this crime is nothing compared to what Hillary Clinton did and all the surrounding Democrats around her did, which included National Security issues, yet NOTHING has been done to her yet. WHEN will our country prosecute political enemies of our country? It seems only the conservatives get charged (many with false charges) while liberals get away with everything!

    • Yes, they should have been given a few years for their crimes, which is what it should be called, a crime.

      I fail to comprehend why they spent over a half-million dollars to get their kids into college, when it would have been cheaper to have paid for their college tuition. Ironically, at least the one daughter, had a thriving internet business going on before her parents were found out.

  2. Statesman Patriot

    They got off easy!
    Should have been at least a year in federal prison.
    Hope both of their short stays are not in a swanky hotel like rich liberal criminals seem to get.

  3. Money talks, BS walks.And the real criminals are the crooked lawyers and the judges that they have in their pockets.All this time the lawyers spent looking for the right court to present their case and the liberal judge to hear it.They are not rich enough to work for it the honest way.

  4. They were exposed and the situation corrected. How do we justify prison for such an unfortunate choice?
    OJ walked free after slaughtering 2 people. No he wasn’t “convicted” but they stopped looking for a perp, so what does that tell you? I don’t have all the fame or money but if I had done the same thing, in either case, the judgement would have been quite different.

  5. He’ll be out by Thanksgiving!!

  6. A slap on the hands for the libtards. Nothing new, and nothing to see here! As for the comments above, it’s easy to tell which ones were posted by fellow libtards.

  7. “Real Losers of L.A.” – Everyone involved. Shows the true value of the entire family and the school – ZERO. Just the fact that anyone ascribes “value” to a specific school (“reputation” over “education”) tells the story, Stupid is as Stupid does. It’s too late for the parents, shame and embarrassment for the rest of their shallow lives. I’m sure that their biggest concern is, “What will our friends think”. . . . but not to worry, they don’t have any REAL friends.
    I hope the kids can figure out that value of anything is a function of the work put in to get it.
    The entire family should have to wait tables for 5 years. First in L.A. to be exposed to their own ungrateful species, then in any small town in the midwest to see how real humans act.
    Nice family Legacy !

  8. Absurd, severe punishment of two successful hard working citizens for spending their own money buying a better education for their children while the Progressives continuously push the government to spend someone else’s money for the education of someone else’s children.

  9. So does this mean Obama will be getting 5 months to for paying for his daughter

  10. I can certainly appreciate where you are coming from. However, the PRACTICAL aspects of ‘white collar’ crime punishment should be considered. I doubt if your resentment would condemn him to a “dangerous” confinement — the net result of this sentence will be a few months (good behavior) confinement at “Club Fed” where boredom is the maximum punishment. Unfortunately, the taxpayer will foot the bill for this confinement. My recommendation would be for a MUCH heftier fine/work sentence which would penalize the offender AND benefit the taxpayer.

  11. Both of these slugs needed to do 2 years to serve! WHAT A JOKE!!!

  12. I'm not confusede

    I agree that our judicial system is twisted: criminals who commit violent crimes, murder, rape and armed robbery (including the so-called peaceful demonstrators/antifa mobs that have murdered 2, 5, and 6 year old chlldren) get off completely free) I think that in addition to their lenient incarceration orders, they should be ordered to I
    IMMEDIATELY pay an equivalent amount into a college scholarship fund — no release until paid.

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