18 holes, here she comes. Lori Loughlin stepped out four months after serving her federal prison sentence for her involvement in the college admissions scandal on Thursday, April 22.
In photos obtained by People, the 56-year-old was spotted getting several golf clubs fitted in Beverly Hills. She wore matching navy blue pants and a sweatshirt with maroon sneakers and a face mask.
The Full House alum and husband Mossimo Giannulli were indicted in March 2019 for their participation in a nationwide college admissions cheating scam, later dubbed “Operation Varsity Blues.” They were initially charged with “conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud” for paying $500,000 in bribes in exchange for daughters Olivia Jade Giannulli and Isabella Giannulli‘s acceptance to the University of Southern California (USC) as members of the crew team even though neither of the girls had ever played the sport. At first, the couple entered a not guilty plea.
In May 2020, the actress pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, while her husband, 57, pleaded guilty to the same charge, as well as honest services wire and mail fraud. As part of a plea deal, Loughlin was sentenced to two months in federal prison, two years of supervised release, 100 hours of community service and a $150,000 fine. Giannulli also got a plea deal and was sentenced to five months behind bars, a $250,000 fine and 250 hours of community service.
At the time, a source close to Loughlin exclusively told In Touch she “doesn’t think she can handle” jail time. “The fear of being behind bars is still very frightening for Lori,” the insider said. Despite that, she and Giannulli were “bracing themselves for prison” according to a second source.
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“Lori and Mossimo tried everything to get out of this, but in the end, they knew they’d lose at trial,” the insider told In Touch. “[Prison is] not going to be easy for them — especially Lori, who’s used to living very comfortably and having it all.”
Loughlin reported to prison in October 2020 and was released the following December. She completed her 100 hours of court-mandated community service in February 2021. Giannulli reported to prison in November 2020 and was released to a halfway house to complete the remainder of his sentence in home confinement, In Touch exclusively reported in April 2021. He completed his home confinement sentence on April 16.
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