Fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli’s wife, actress Lori Loughlin, who has also pleaded guilty to fraud conspiracy, is scheduled to be sentenced Friday afternoon before the same federal judge.
Fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli was sentenced Friday to five months in federal prison for fraud conspiracy in one of the most closely watched cases in the college admissions bribery scandal.
His wife, actress Lori Loughlin, who has also pleaded guilty to fraud conspiracy, is scheduled to be sentenced Friday afternoon before the same federal judge. The couple admitted in May to paying $500,000 to help their two daughters secure admission to the University of Southern California through the ruse of posing as recruits to the USC crew team, even though the daughters were not rowers.
Loughlin and Giannulli are among the best-known parents caught in the investigation known as Operation Varsity Blues. In March 2019, federal prosecutors announced charges against them and others in connection with a corrupt college admissions counselor named William “Rick” Singer. He has pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and other crimes and is cooperating in the investigation.
US District Judge Nathaniel M Gorton, whose chambers are in a Boston courthouse, held the sentencing hearing through a Zoom videoconference because of the coronavirus pandemic. Gorton ordered Giannulli to surrender to prison authorities in November. The judge also sentenced him to two years of supervised release, a $250,000 fine and 250 hours of community service under an agreement that Giannulli negotiated with prosecutors.
Gorton castigated Giannulli for what he called a “breathtaking fraud.” He added: “You are an informed, smart, successful businessman. You certainly did know better. … You have no excuse for your crime, and that makes it all the more blameworthy.”
Giannulli, 57, of Los Angeles, said he deeply regretted the harm his actions had caused his family. “I take full responsibility,” he said.
He was the 21st parent to be sentenced in the scandal, according to the office of the US attorney for Massachusetts. In all, 55 people have been charged.