Saturday, 31 October 2020

Lori Loughlin reports to the California prison where Felicity Huffman did time to start her two month sentence over college bribery scandal

 Lori Loughlin has reported to a prison in California to start her two month sentence for her role in the college bribery scheme. 

She surrendered herself at FCI Dublin - where Felicity Huffman served two weeks - near San Francisco. 

Loughlin, 56, had asked to go to Victorville, which is closer to L.A. 

The actress pleaded guilty to fraud earlier this year after paying $500,000 to get her two daughters into USC under the guise that they were athletic recruits.

Her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, was also involved. He was sentenced to five months in prison in August and has not yet served his sentence but must report to prison by November 19. 

It means they will both be behind bars over the holidays. 

Lori with the couple's daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella. She reported to a prison in California to start her two month sentence for her role in the college bribery scheme on Friday

Lori with the couple's daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella. She reported to a prison in California to start her two month sentence for her role in the college bribery scheme

Lori Loughlin begins prison sentence following admission scandal
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Loughlin had asked to go to Victorville on the outskirts of L.A. Giannulli asked to go to Lompoc, near Santa Barbara. 

At her Zoom sentencing in August, Lori cried and told the judge she was 'deeply sorry'.  

'I went along with a plan to give my daughters an unfair advantage... and in doing so I ignored intuition and allowed myself to be swayed from my moral compass.

'It only undermined and diminished my daughters' abilities and accomplishments.

'I now understand my decision helped exacerbate existing inequalities generally... that realization weighs heavily on me,' she said. 

The famous pair paid $500,000 to get their daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella into USC by pretending they were champion coxswains. 

They were among dozens of well-heeled parents who paid for their kids' entry. 

Felicity Huffman also took part in the scheme, that was masterminded by Rick Singer. She was sentenced to two weeks in prison.  

On Friday, Huffman was spotted shopping for a new car on Friday as she looks to put her involvement in the college admissions scandal firmly in the rear view mirror.

She was seen purchasing a brand new black Tesla car on Friday. 

During Friday's hearing, Giannulli's attorney described him as a 'fiercely devoted' father who'd always put his kids - both the girls with Lori and his son from a previous relationship - first. 

He said he had no idea Rick Singer was a criminal when he met him, and that neither he nor his wife ever saw the finished college applications that the girls submitted. 

'Mr Giannulli did not attend or graduate from college. He and his wife needed assistance in order to help navigate the process,' Giannulli's lawyer, Sean Berkowtiz, said. 

'[He] recommended Rick Singer to them as a renowned college counselor who could help guide them through the process. 

'At the time, he was not presented as a felon or a huckster or a fraud,' Berkowitz went on. 

Loughlin is reported to have gone to FCI Dublin, where Felicity Huffman served her sentence

Loughlin is reported to have gone to FCI Dublin, where Felicity Huffman served her sentence

Huffman checked out the trunk of the car before being given the keys

Huffman checked out the trunk of the car before being given the keys 

Desperate Housewives' actor Felicity Huffman was seen buying a new car Friday

Desperate Housewives' actor Felicity Huffman was seen buying a new car Friday

Berkowitz then referred to the scheme whereby they pretended the girls were star athletes to get them in as sporting recruits as a 'side door'. 

'It wasn't until April 2016 that Mr. Singer first suggested the side door that you've heard about. 

'Never did Mr Singer suggest to Moss or his family that they cheat on their tests and both achieved strong grades and test scores. 

'Having said that, when Mr. Singer made the recommendation of the side door, Moss ignored alarm doors, red flags and he went ahead and assisted by taking pictures,' Berkowitz said.  

He went on that he 'deeply regrets bringing his wife into the scheme' and complained that the girls have been bullied more than any of the other children involved.  

'The family has been the face of the crisis in a way disproportionate to their overall role.

'You'll hear more about that this afternoon . 

'This is a good man who made terrible mistakes,' he concluded.

Giannulli and Loughlin's plea deals came after months of them insisting they had done no wrong. 

They suddenly changed their tune as COVID-19 swept the prison system and triggered early releases. 

Neither of them gave explanations for their sudden change of heart.  

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