By Tiffany Williams –
On Friday at the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts In Boston, U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton sentenced Lori Loughlin, 56, of Los Angeles, CA. to two months in prison, two years of supervised release during which time she must complete 100 hours of community service and ordered to pay a fine of $150,000.
In May Loughlin pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud.
In 2016, Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli agreed to have William “Rick” Singer facilitate their older daughter’s admission to USC as a purported crew recruit.
Mossimo Giannulli, 57, of Los Angeles, CA. also pleaded guilty in May to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud. Additionally he pleaded guilty to honest services wire and mail fraud.
Giannulli was sentenced by Judge Gorton to five months in prison, two years of supervised release during which time he must complete 250 hours of community service and ordered to pay a fine of $250,000.
In an August 2016 email, Singer told Loughlin and Giannulli that he would “create a coxswain profile.” Giannulli emailed Singer a picture of his older daughter purporting to row on an ergometer for inclusion in the falsified profile.
Giannulli further agreed to make purported charitable contributions totaling $250,000 as a quid pro quo to facilitate his daughter’s fraudulent admission to USC. Giannulli caused $50,000 to be paid to an account belong to the USC athletics administrator and paid $200,000 to Singer’s sham charity, Key Worldwide Foundation (KWF).
Giannulli forwarded the invoice from KWF to his financial advisor writing: “Good news my daughter is in USC . . . bad news is I had to work the system.”
In 2017, Loughlin and Giannulli agreed with Singer to facilitate their younger daughter’s admission to USC as a purported crew recruit even though she too had never participated in the sport.
In July 2017, Singer emailed Giannulli and Loughlin telling them he would “build an athletic profile for USC” and noted that he would falsely present her as a coxswain. Shortly thereafter, Giannulli, copying Loughlin, emailed Singer a photograph of their younger daughter on an ergometer.
In November 2017, Singer emailed Loughlin and Giannulli a “likely letter” stating that their younger daughter had been provisionally admitted to USC as an athletic recruit. Loughlin, copying Giannulli, responded: “This is wonderful news!”
Thereafter, Giannulli paid $50,000 to a USC athletic account controlled by the USC athletic administrator and $200,000 to be paid to KWF.
Giannulli forwarded the KWF invoice to his financial advisor, noting that it was “the last college ‘donation’ for” his daughter, and asking, “Can’t I write this off?”