LOS ANGELES (CBSLA/AP) – Actress Laurie Laughlin told prisoners in Northern California Friday that she would serve a two-month prison term for paying thousands of dollars in bribes to recruit her daughters as athletes for the WSC.
Laurie Laughlin meets on the 27th. August 2019 in the Federal Court of Mockley, Boston, Massachusetts. Boston Herald/ Getty Images.
Laughlin reported to the federal prison in Dublin, east of San Francisco, according to the U.S. Attorney General’s office. It is a low security prison with more than 870 prisoners. It also includes a satellite-based minimum security storage facility.
Because of the coronavirus protocols, the Star of the Full House will not be allowed to receive visitors during his captivity.
Laughlin indicated a few weeks earlier than expected, in the context of an agreement she had reached with the plaintiffs, that she would not seek early release on grounds related to COVID-19.
The parties have recently agreed that the accused will be released on the 30th. October 2020 instead of 19. November 2020 could appear in jail, the prosecutor said in a statement. The accused also agreed that she would not request early release during her two-month detention for reasons related to COVID.
According to data from the prison’s coronavirus office, Laughlin was inspected by VIDOC-19 and quarantined for 14 days.
It was originally reported last month that Laughlin was serving his sentence in Victorville Federal Prison. It is unclear why the location has changed.
Laughlin, 56, and her 57-year-old husband, fashion magnate Mosimo Giannulli, were sentenced in August to a federal prison for paying $500,000 in bribes in a college admissions scandal.
Giannulli was sentenced to five months in prison. He didn’t show up in jail with his wife on Friday.
In addition, Laughlin must pay a fine of $150,000, be released under supervision for two years and serve 100 hours of community service.
In May, Laughlin pleaded guilty to one count of wire and mail fraud and Giannulli pleaded guilty to one count of wire and mail fraud and wire and mail fraud for providing the fair service.
They were to be judged in October for paying $500,000 in bribes to have their two daughters included in the JCS as members of the rowing team, even though none of them had ever been on the crew. Both girls have now left USC.
Since early 2019, prosecutors have been pressing Laughlin and Giannulli to plead guilty. In February, the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland published a copy of a false curriculum vitae of a married couple’s daughter, Olivia Jade, in which she wanted to list her false rowing successes. In January, the prosecution released a list of letters and tapes of conversations between Giannulli, Laughlin and Newport Beach businessman Rick Singer, who organized the university scandal. The emails describe how USC tried to test one of their daughters – despite the fact that, according to the plaintiffs, the couple intended to make her confess to being a fake.
In March 2019, the FBI sued 50 people – including 35 parents and nine coaches – for a massive bribery program called Operation Varsity Blues, in which wealthy families paid millions of singers to help their children with standardized tests and bribed test administrators and college coaches to help their children get into top colleges such as UCLA, USCLA, Yale, Stanford and Georgetown.
To date, some 30 parents, including Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman, who served a 14-day prison sentence last October, have either admitted their guilt in the scandal or agreed to do so.
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