Friday October 30th 2020
She paid bribes so that her children could get places at an elite university. The US series star Lori Loughlin now has to be behind bars. The 56-year-old could have started her prison sentence later, but she is in a hurry. There’s an important reason for that.
Actress Lori Loughlin has started her two-month prison sentence. As “NBC News” reported, citing information from prison officials and the federal attorney’s office, the “Full House” star reported to the US federal prison for female inmates in Dublin, California. It is the same prison in which “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman was serving her sentence.
The 56-year-old was sentenced to two months in prison, a $ 150,000 fine and 150 hours of community service in August. Her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, faces a five-month prison sentence, 250 hours of community service and a fine of $ 250,000. The couple pleaded guilty to the fraud of paying $ 500,000 to take their two daughters to the University of Southern California. They should get access to the university through the rowing team – even though they did not practice this sport at all. U.S. universities often admit talented athletes to study to strengthen their college teams.
Loughlin is said to have had until November 19 to begin her sentence. Why did she dare to take this step three weeks earlier? The actress hopes “to be home by Christmas,” an unnamed source told People magazine. In any case, she seems to have to do without her loved ones for the time being in the coming weeks. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, no visitors are currently allowed in the prison, the prison informs on its website. There Loughlin is already listed as registered.
The university bribery affair was exposed in March 2019. Dozens of wealthy parents had paid bribes so that their children could get places at elite universities. More than 50 suspects were charged. The actress Felicity Huffman, also involved in the scandal, was sentenced to two weeks in prison last year. The “Desperate Housewives” star served the sentence, which was reduced by three days, in October.