Mossimo Giannulli caught in Operation Varsity Blues scam.
Mossimo Giannulli, the husband of Lori Loughlin, the actress, has been caught in Operation Varsity Blues scam and has been sentenced to five months in prison on charges of recruiting by means of bribery, for the college recruitment program known as Operation Varsity Blues.
In April 2019, the couple pleaded guilty in court to paying a $500,000 bribe to get their daughters approved at the University of Southern California.
In sentencing, U.S. Regional Judge Nathaniel Gordon charged Giannulli with participating in the admissions scam process, in the Operation Varsity Blues scam. Giannulli was ordered to surrender on November 19, 2020.
Another famous actress, Felicity Huffman of Desperate Housewives, is also guilty in this Operation Varsity Blues scheme. She was sentenced in September to 14 days in jail for paying thousands of dollars in SAT promotion fees for her children.
Lori Loughlin is expected to be sentenced Friday. Loughlin’s decision to appeal against the deal, shows that she could face up to two months in prison and a $150,000 fine.
Her husband pleaded guilty to wire and mail fraud in the Operation Varsity Blues scam. Government officials say the parents were the 23rd and 24th to have pleaded guilty in the case.
All of the bribes were paid to William “Rick” Singer, manager of the scam business, which includes creating sophisticated profiles for well-meaning parents, in the hope that their children can in the process get admitted to prestigious schools.
In May 2020, the Loughlin couple, with the U.S. attorney, entered plea agreements. A petition was signed in the Attorney General’s Office. Loughlin pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.
U.S. Massachusetts Region lawyer, announced the sentence on Twitter. Giannulli will also complete two years of probationary leave, complete 250 hours of community service and pay a $250,000 fine.
The Operation Varsity Blues scam also led to a large number of trained coaches being netted. Laura Janke, former USC football coach, pleaded guilty in May 2019 to a racketeering conspiracy charge, inclusive of $130,000 in illegal payouts.
William “Rick” Singer is waiting judgment. He pleaded guilty to crimes such as conspiracy to defraud America, obstruction of justice, money laundering and racketeering. Singer could now be facing a prison sentence of more than 50 years.
Mossimo Giannulli and Lori Loughlin became the face of controversy, because of their celebrity status. On the other hand, unlike the other accused parents who conspired in the scam, Mossimo Giannulli and Lori Loughlin claimed that they were innocent.
In all, 55 people have been charged in connection with the Operation Varsity Blues scam, which was declared in Boston, on March 2019, by government officials in Boston.
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