Actress Lori Loughlin and fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli formally pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges Friday for their roles as two of the most famous names in the brazen college admissions scam.
The hearing occurred via teleconference before US District Judge Nathaniel Gorton in Massachusetts because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Yes, your honor,” Loughlin told the judge when asked if she understood the proceedings.
Loughlin wore a dark green high-neck blouse and sat in front of a wooden armoire. Giannulli sported a graying beard and a dark suit. They appeared with their lawyers in separate rooms. Their answers to the court’s questions about understanding their pleas were brief. They listened intently and displayed no emotion as the prosecution outlined their crimes.
Gorton asked Loughlin and Giannulli if they disagreed with the government’s statement of facts. They both answered, “No, your honor.”
Loughlin pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, and Giannulli pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and honest services wire and mail fraud.