Lori Louglin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli have finally given in, 16 months after they were initially charged in the college admissions cheating scandal. The couple is set to plead guilty today, with some jail time attached to their plea agreement. According to Us Weekly, their daughters Olivia Jade and Bella are gutted about this turn of events. But People was told by two sources that they are now more accepting of the decision.
“Olivia and Bella were devastated when Lori and Mossimo told them they were pleading guilty,” a source told Us. “The girls have been spending a lot of time at their parents’ house recently, and they are becoming much more of a tight-knit family.”
Loughlin and Giannulli will have different amounts of jail time, pending court approval. Loughlin will only be sentenced to two months, while Giannulli will be sentenced to five months. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, there’s a possibility they may serve the time in home confinement rather than in a prison facility.
But Olivia and Bella are legitimately worried about their mom going to actual prison: “The girls have been on so many ups and downs that they were happy it was going to be over, but [they] fear for their mom going to jail,” the source said.
People’s source echoed the sentiment that Olivia and Bella are glad their parents’ legal ordeal is about to end. “Olivia and Bella also want it to be over,” People‘s source said. “They agree the plea is the best option. Lori and Mossimo want to be able to enjoy their lives again. They want to enjoy it with Olivia and Bella. They don’t feel like they gave up by accepting a plea—they are doing what’s best for their family.”
A legal insider told People that initially Bella and Olivia wanted their parents to fight their charges in court. “They realize that this [plea deal] was done to help them, and there is no animosity there. Last I knew, they were encouraging their parents to fight this, but obviously that’s all changed now.”
In addition to jail time, Loughlin and Giannulli will both be charged fines and community service hours, and will undergo two years of supervised release. Loughlin will have to pay $150,000 and do 100 hours of community service; Giannulli will pay $250,000 and do 250 hours of community service.
The couple allegedly paid $500,000 to make it appear their daughters were rowing team recruits to guarantee their admission to the University of Southern California. Loughlin and Giannulli were charged with bribery, conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, and money laundering. They are only pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. Their daughters are no longer enrolled at USC or any college.
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