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Tuesday, 31st march 2o2o
Mother Sentenced to 7 Months in College Admissions Scam
by Alanna Durkin of The Associated Press



(BOSTON, Massachussetts) — A California woman was sentenced Tuesday to seven months in prison for paying bribes to rig her two daughters' college admissions exams and get one of them into Georgetown University as a fake tennis recruit.

In an unusual hearing held via videoconference due to the virus pandemic, the judge rejected Elizabeth Henriquez's bid to avoid prison because of the public health crisis but is allowing her to remain free until at least June 30 in the hopes that the outbreak will have diminished by then.

“I have every hope that the coronavirus crisis will abate in a matter of months and that Ms. Henriquez will be able to serve her sentence safely and rebuild her life,” U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton said.

Henriquez and her husband were charged with paying $400,000 in bribes to get their oldest daughter into Georgetown as a bogus tennis recruit in 2016.

They also paid bribes to have someone cheat on their daughters' college entrance exams, authorities said.

In one instance, the purported proctor sat next to her daughter while she took a test and fed her the answers and then “gloated” with Henriquez and the teen about how they had cheated and gotten away with it, authorities said.

“This was a long-term scheme where fraud replaced truth in the admissions process for both of her kids," Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Rosen said.

Her husband, Manuel Henriquez, is the founder and former CEO of Hercules Capital, a finance firm in Palo Alto, California.

He is scheduled to be sentenced April 8th.

Her lawyers had urged the judge to give her home confinement, citing a memo written by Attorney General William Barr who said some nonviolent inmates who are particularly at risk to the virus may be safer at home than behind bars.

“I feel so ashamed and I promise to spend the rest of my life trying to repair the harm caused by my immoral actions,” Henriquez told the judge.

Henriquez was sentenced via videoconference to keep people from gathering at the federal courthouse in Boston amid the pandemic.

The judge talked to Henriquez and lawyers over video chat while news media and other members of the public listened on the phone.

The Boston court and halls of justice across the country have delayed jury trials and moved to video and telephone hearings to keep the criminal justice system moving while people are hunkered in their homes.

Prosecutors had argued in court documents that she deserved more than two years behind bars.

Gorton ordered Henriquez to begin serving her prison sentence on June 30th but said he would consider a request to push that back further if necessary.

She is among nearly two dozen prominent parents who have pleaded guilty in a case dubbed “Operation Varsity Blues.”

Others who have admitted to charges include “Desperate Housewives" actress Felicity Huffman, who was sentenced to two weeks in prison for paying $15,000 to rig her daughter's entrance exam.

Eight parents, including “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are scheduled to go to trial in October.

Those parents asked the judge last week to toss the charges, accusing prosecutors of withholding evidence that would support their claims of innocence.

























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Friday, 22nd May 2o2o
Lori Loughlin and husband finally plead guilty in college admissions scandal

by Elizabeth Dye





This morning, “Full House” star Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli pled guilty via Zoom to one criminal conspiracy count in the college admissions scandal dubbed Operation Varsity Blues by the FBI.

To wit, Loughlin and Giannulli conspired to pay $500,000 to get their daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose Giannulli into the University of Southern California by disguising them as recruits to the rowing team.

Neither daughter rowed crew, and neither is currently enrolled in school.

Olivia Jade, who presumably understood why she was being posed for photos in a borrowed rowing uniform, is reportedly “devastated” at the prospect of her parents going to jail.

But not as devastated as she would have been had they been sentenced to the decades in prison sought by prosecutors in the original 12-count indictment.

Under the terms of the recently announced pleas, Loughlin, who admitted to “conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud to obtain property,” agreed to just two months in jail, $150,000 in fines, and 100 hours of community service.

Giannuli, who also copped to “honest services wire and mail fraud,” accepted five months behind bars, $250,000 in fines, and 250 service hours.

Good to see the couple finally practicing that personal responsibility they preach.


AHEM.

The couple’s pleas are conditional on acceptance by U.S. District Judge Daniel Gorton, specifying that “If the Court rejects any aspect of this Plea Agreement, the U.S. Attorney may deem the Plea Agreement null and void.”

It remains to be seen whether Judge Gorton will sign off on the pleas, making Loughlin and Giannulli the 23rd and 24th parents to plead guilty in the scheme.

Despite defense attorney William Trach’s request for expedited sentencing to give the couple “finality,” the court scheduled the sentencing date in three months.


Assuming Bill Barr doesn’t swoop in to rescue the trunk supporters from their own guilty pleas, look for defense counsel to argue on August 21st that Loughlin and Giannulli can’t possibly serve a custodial sentence during a pandemic and must be granted home confinement.

Because that train is never, never late!


















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Saturday, 27th June 2o2o
Loughlin and Mossimo pushed out of ritzy country club
by Mark Gray






Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli have been pushed out of the exclusive Bel-Air Country Club after fellow club members grew incensed about the duo's guilty pleas and upcoming prison sentences.

According to TMZ, Lori and Mossimo had become a lightning rod at the club and prompted a war of words between members and the Board of Directors.

Initially, the club's Board of Directors unanimously voted to suspend the couple's memberships until they had completed their prison sentences and legal obligations.

Many members were livid that the couple wasn't kicked out indefinitely.










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Sunday, 12th July 2o2o
The Prince & Princess Of Bel Air Sell Mansion At A Loss
by Mariah Cooper





Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli have sold their mansion in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles just one month before their sentencing date in the college admissions case, Us Weekly can confirm.

As first reported by Variety on Saturday, July 11th, Tinder cofounder Justin Mateen purchased the property for approximately $18 million — a steep discount from the house’s most recent asking price of $28.7 million.



According to the outlet, the Full House alum, 55, and Giannulli, 57, bought the home in June 2015 for $14 million and spent additional costs in renovations.

The 12,000-square-foot property boasts six bedrooms, nine bathrooms, an eat-in chef’s kitchen, two living rooms, an outdoor courtyard and a swimming pool.


Loughlin and Giannulli further cut ties with the Bel Air neighborhood when they reportedly resigned from the Bel-Air Country Club in June after the Board of Directors voted to suspend the couple’s membership.

The changes come as the pair await to be sentenced on August 21st following their guilty pleas in the college admissions case.

Loughlin and the fashion designer were arrested in March 2019 after they were accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to ensure their daughters Bella, 21, and Olivia Jade, 20, would be admitted to the University of Southern California as crew recruits.

The Summerland alum and her husband initially pleaded not guilty to fraud, money laundering and bribery charges.

However, they officially pleaded guilty in May via video conference.

Loughlin is expected to serve two months in prison, pay a $150,000 fine, serve two years of supervised release and complete 100 hours of community service.


Giannulli’s plea deal, meanwhile, includes five months prison, a $250,000 fine and 250 hours of community service.

“Lori and Moss don’t want to serve their prison sentences at the same time,” the insider said at the time.

“Among the reasons, even though their daughters are adults, Lori wants one parent to be free to provide emotional support to the girls. Lori’s concern all along has been Isabella and Olivia Jade.”

A second insider added that the stars’ daughters are “proud” of their parents for taking the plea deals.

“It will be surreal for Isabella and Olivia to visit them behind bars, but this is a much better outcome than what they envisioned,” the source explained.















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Friday, 21st August 2o2o
Mossimo Giannulli sentenced to 5 months in prison
by  ALANNA DURKIN RICHER AND THE ASSOCIATED PRESS






Fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli will be sentenced to five months in prison after a federal judge accepted his plea deal with prosecutors on charges that he paid half a million dollars in bribes to get his two daughters into the University of Southern California as rowing recruits.

“I deeply regret the harm that my actions have caused my daughters, my wife and others," Giannulli said in a short statement during the hearing, showing little emotion.

"I take full responsibility for my conduct. I am ready to accept the consequences and move forward with the lessons I’ve learned from this experience.”

His wife, “Full House” star Lori Loughlin, is expected to be sentenced later Friday after pleading guilty under a deal with prosecutors that calls for her to serve two months in prison.

Unlike most plea agreements, in which the judge remains free to decide the defendant’s sentence, Loughlin’s and Giannulli’s proposed prison terms were binding if accepted.

In accepting Giannulli’s plea deal, U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton said the prison sentence stipulated “is sufficient but not greater than necessary punishment under the circumstances.”

Under the plea deal, Giannulli will pay a $250,000 fine and perform 250 hours of community service.

Loughlin’s calls for her to pay a $150,000 fine and perform 100 hours of community service.

The famous couple’s sentencing comes three months after they reversed course and admitted to participating in the college admissions cheating scheme that has laid bare the lengths to which some wealthy parents will go to get their kids into elite universities.

They are among nearly 30 prominent parents to plead guilty in the case, which federal prosecutors dubbed “Operation Varsity Blues.”

It uncovered hefty bribes to get undeserving kids into college with rigged test scores or fake athletic credentials.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristen Kearney said Giannulli displayed “a complete disregard for right and wrong,” and a “privileged and entitled attitude.”

“This disrespect of right and wrong deserves a meaningful sentence of imprisonment,” she said.














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Friday, 21st August 2o2o
Lori Loughlin sentenced to two months in prison
by Joey Garrison









Lori Loughlin, 56, was sentenced to two months in prison at an online hearing Friday in federal court in Boston conducted via Zoom by U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton.

Earlier, Giannulli, 57, was sentenced to five months in prison by Gorton.

Besides the prison term, Loughlin will pay a fine of $150,000, followed by two years of supervised release and 100 hours of community service.

Giannulli will pay a fine of $250,000 followed by two years of supervised release and 250 hours of community service.

Both sentences were agreed to under the terms of the couple's plea bargains negotiated with federal prosecutors earlier this year.

"I accept the … plea agreement negotiated by the government and Ms. Loughlinand I conclude that the agreed sentence … is sufficient but not greater than needed for punishment," Gorton said.

"There is no mystery about the outcome."

The judge said two letters were submitted to the court on Loughlin's behalf but did not immediately describe their contents.