Lori Loughlin Released From Federal Prison

The actress Lori Loughlin was released from federal prison in Dublin, Calif., on Monday, having completed a two-month sentence for conspiring to pass her daughters off as rowers so they would be admitted to the University of Southern California.

Ms. Loughlin, best known for playing Aunt Becky on the 1990s sitcom “Full House,” and her husband, the fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, had both pleaded guilty to fraud and were sentenced in August. Prosecutors have said that they paid $500,000 as part of the scheme.

Ms. Loughlin was also sentenced to two years of supervised release, during which time she must complete 100 hours of community service and pay a $150,000 fine. Mr. Giannulli, who prosecutors said took a more active role in the fraud than Ms. Loughlin did, was sentenced to five months in prison.

More than 50 people have been charged in the sprawling case, which was orchestrated by William Singer, a California businessman who has been cooperating with federal investigators since September 2018.

Ms. Loughlin and the actress Felicity Huffman were among the highest-profile defendants in the nationwide admissions prosecution, in which financiers, lawyers and celebrities were charged with conspiring to cheat on exams or bribe coaches, showing the lengths to which some wealthy parents go to get their children into prestigious colleges.

Ms. Huffman, who admitted in May to paying $15,000 to arrange for a proctor to illicitly correct her daughter’s SAT responses, served 11 days at the same prison as Ms. Loughlin, 35 miles east of San Francisco, which houses more than 870 female inmates.

Michael Levenson contributed reporting.

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