Mossimo Giannulli, the designer hubby of former “Full House” TV star Lori Loughlin, was sentenced to five months behind bars Friday for his role in bribing their daughters’ way into college — as the disgusted judge blasted him for committing “a breathtaking crime on the nation’s higher-education system.”
Boston federal Judge Nathan Gorton OK’d the terms of Giannulli’s plea deal during a morning Zoom conference, saying the defendant’s prison sentence was “sufficient — but not greater than necessary punishment under the circumstances.”
The jurist ripped Giannulli for being “motivated by hubris” to think he could cheat the system.
“That’s not the way it works in this country, as you are about to find out,” Gorton said.
The judge told the dad of two, “I see drug dealers and people who commit violent crimes, who have grown up without role models … and did not know better. That’s not so with you, Mr. Giannulli.”
“You were not stealing bread to feed your family,” the judge added before handing down the sentence. “You have no excuse for your crime, and that makes it all the more blameworthy.”
The fashion designer will also pay a $250,000 fine and perform 250 hours of community service.
Giannulli expressed remorse for his actions during the video conference.
“I deeply regret the harm that my actions have caused my daughter, my wife and others,” Giannulli told the court. “I take full responsibility for my conduct. I’m ready to accept the consequences and move forward with the lessons I’ve learned from this experience.”
Assistant US Attorney Kristen Kearney said Giannulli, 57, displayed “a complete disregard for right and wrong” — and a “privileged and entitled attitude.
“He went ahead with this scheme not once but twice,” she said. “This disrespect of right and wrong deserves a meaningful sentence of imprisonment.”
Giannulli’s lawyer asked that his client be allowed to serve his time at the federal prison in Lompoc, Calif — a low-security lockup about a two and 1/2 hour drive from the family’s home in Los Angeles.
The fashion designer has to self-surrender by Nov. 19.
Loughlin will be sentenced at 2:30 p.m. and is expected to get two months in jail, along with a $150,000 fine and 100 hours of community service.
In the prosecutors’ sentencing memorandum filed earlier this week, they said Giannulli deserved a tougher sentence because he was “the more active participant in the scheme,” while Loughlin “took a less active role, but was nonetheless fully complicit.”
The California couple paid $500,000 to admitted college scammer William “Rick” Singer to get their daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose accepted into the University of Southern California.
The girls were accepted as rowing recruits — even though neither played the sport.
Prosecutors said Giannulli even tried to hide the scam from Olivia Jade’s “nosey bastard” of a high-school counselor.
Giannulli and Loughlin pleaded guilty in May — after spending more than a year fighting tooth and nail against the charges, with their lawyers insisting that they believed they were paying a legitimate donation to Singer’s organization.
On Friday, Giannulli’s lawyer Sean Berkowitz admitted his client made a mistake but said he was a good man whose actions were “out of character.
“Moss ignored alarm bells. He ignored red flags,” Berkowitz said. “He accepts responsibility for those decisions which were wrong.”
Berkowitz added that Giannulli’s family “has been the face of the scandal.”
“He regrets deeply bringing his wife into the scheme. His children have been bullied both on social media and in person,” the lawyer said.
Loughlin pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud. Giannulli pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and honest services wire and mail fraud.
Prosecutors agreed to dismiss charges of money laundering and federal programs bribery that were added after the case was filed.
The couple was among dozens of deep-pocketed parents and college coaches and employees who were charged last year in the sweeping college-admissions scandal.
Among them was “Desperate Housewives” TV star Felicity Huffman, who served nearly two weeks behind bars late last year after admitting to paying $15,000 to have someone correct her daughter’s admissions exams.
Loughlin and Giannulli have not publicly commented on the charges.
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