How Lori Loughlin Celebrated Her 56th Birthday with Family
"When Calls the Heart" alum Lori Loughlin celebrated her 56th birthday, while waiting for a court hearing that will decide her future.
Actress Lori Loughlin celebrated her birthday quietly with her family while she waits to discover if the judge will accept her plea agreement over her part in the notorious 2019 college admissions scandal.
Loughlin, who turned 56 on July 28, kept things lowkey and shared her special day with husband enjoyed her special day with husband Mossimo Giannulli, and their two daughters, Rose, 21, and Olivia, 20.
Despite their parents' admission to fraud, Rose, and Olivia Giannulli continue to attend the University of Southern California.
Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli outside the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse in Boston in August 2019 | Source: Getty Images
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOM
Loughlin's daughters, for whom she ventured into bribery and corruption, have once again manifested their unconditional love and support for their mother.
Both girls posted loving messages on Instagram on Loughlin's birthday, accompanied by throwback snaps of themselves with their mothers in happier times.
TO PLEA OR NOT TO BE
Loughlin and her husband agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, with Giannulli admitting to an additional count of honest services wire and mail fraud. But the judge did not ratify the plea agreement and will announce his decision in August 2020.
The prosecution had agreed to recommend a sentence of a two-months prison sentence, a $150,000 fine and 100 hours of community service for Loughlin; and a five-month prison sentence, a $250,000 fine, and 250 hours of community service for Giannulli.
THE CRIME IN QUESTION
Loughlin and Giannulli had paid a bribe of $500,000 to have their daughters admitted to the University of Southern California under the guise of athletes who would be joining the women's rowing team. Neither of the young women practices the sport or had any intention of joining the team.
Loughlin and Giannulli were two of the thirty-three parents accused of bribing William Rick Singer to inflate entrance exam scores, and bribe officials, in order to get students from wealthy families into the college of their choice. Despite their parents' admission to fraud, Rose, and Olivia Giannulli continue to attend the University of Southern California.
Lori Loughlin and Actor Jack Wagner filming a scene for "When Calls the Heart" in 2014 in Vancouver, Canada | Source: Getty Images
Loughlin and Giannulli may well see the presiding judge refuse the plea deal for considering the recommended sentence to be excessively lenient. If that is the case, the couple will have to choose between facing a trial that could end in a hefty prison sentence, or accept the judge's ruling.
Loughlin has seen her career take a nosedive after the scandal erupted. She was dropped by Hallmark from their hit series "When Calls the Heart" in which she played Abigail Stanton.
The network announced that Loughlin would be cut from the already filmed episodes of the current season. Netflix likewise announced that Loughlin would no longer be a part of the cast of their sitcom, "Fuller House."