The college entrance scandal has involved many people who found themselves in criminal court and now it looks like the most high-profile pair of defendants are throwing in the towel. A number of news sources are reporting that Lori Loughlin and Mr. Lori Loughlin have agreed to plead guilty in the high-profile case that exposed corruption in people getting their kids admitted to college. Join me know as I provide all the details and share an inmate’s take on things. According to a report by The Wall Street Journal:
Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, have agreed to plead guilty to fraud conspiracy charges in connection with their involvement in the nationwide college admissions cheating scandal.
CNN.com noted the events leading up to Mr. and Mrs. Loughlin’s legal woes:
Loughlin, 55, and Giannulli, 56, had been accused of paying $500,000 to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California as fake crew team recruits. They had pleaded not guilty for more than a year and moved to dismiss charges
Loughlin and Giannulli were just one of many people who participated in fraudulent schemes to get their kids into colleges they apparently felt they were unqualified for. Naturally, people who had children who were qualified applying were upset at the thought of someone buying their way into prestigious colleges and universities while their kids were left out in the cold.
For those wondering whether the Full House star and/or her husband could go to the big house, here’s what we’ve heard so far from The Wall Street Journal:
Prosecutors will recommend two months in prison for Ms. Loughlin, and five months for Mr. Giannulli, as well as fines of $150,00 and $250,000, respectively. They also agreed to two years of supervised release and community service. The judge overseeing the case doesn’t have to accept the agreed-upon sentencing recommendation.
As someone who did three and half years in Con College for bank robbery (see my memoir Laughing All the Way to the Bank (Robbery): How an Attorney Survived Prison for more details. Yes, I am a shameless self-promoter), I’ll be watching this case closely to see what sentence the judge imposes.
A two-month sentence is a joke and as someone serving a 3.5 year sentence, I was referred to as a “short-timer” by the cons who were doing much longer sentences. In prison parlance, cons would refer to this as the kind of sentence “you can do standing on your head” (on a side note, when a lawyer was sentenced to a few years in a case a while back she reportedly said she could do the sentence standing on her head so the judge re-sentenced her to ten years).
If the couple whose conspiracy to get their kids into college leads to their confinement in Con College, they should have no problem doing the time and will have plenty of bank to keep their commissary accounts full. That’s a lot of money for honey buns and crackhead soups. It’s also likely they’ll do time in a federal camp where there are no fences and the standards are much more relaxed (no day spa but given their resources, don’t rule it out).