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NFT: Aunt Becky pleads guilty to Varsity Blues charges

RC in MD : 5/21/2020 1:17 pm
Truly important news here folks, much more so than COVID or Baker news.

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Actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband have agreed to plead guilty and serve prison time in a college admission scandal that rocked higher education, prosecutors said Thursday.

In a plea deal with federal prosecutors in Boston, the "Full House" actress and husband Mossimo Giannulli agreed to serve time in prison for passing off their daughters as elite athletes and securing their admission to the University of Southern California, federal prosecutors in Boston said.

Loughlin has agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, and Giannulli to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and honest services wire and mail fraud, authorities said.

If a federal judge signs off on the deals, Loughlin will spend two months in prison, pay a $150,000 fine, be subjected to two years of supervised release and perform 100 hours of community service, prosecutors said. Giannulli agreed to five months in prison, a $250,000 fine, two years of supervised release and 250 hours of community service.


If they would have just pled guilty to start out with, they would have been over this by now like Felicity Hoffman. Instead, they kept their lawyers rich, kept their names in the news, and still came out having to do jail time.

And no, this isn't all that important really. Just thought it was a light change of subject from more pressing matters.
One pressing question...  
lax counsel : 5/21/2020 2:28 pm : link
In this whole scandal is, was it worth the taxpayers money to chase down and prosecute all of this? I realize Hollywood elites rub the average American the wrong way, but were talking about, what, less than a few hundred spots in universities with well over 20k students enrolled? In the case of USC the enrollment is 20k undergrad. Is one student worth all of that effort?
RE: One pressing question...  
BH28 : 5/21/2020 2:34 pm : link
In comment 14908242 lax counsel said:
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In this whole scandal is, was it worth the taxpayers money to chase down and prosecute all of this? I realize Hollywood elites rub the average American the wrong way, but were talking about, what, less than a few hundred spots in universities with well over 20k students enrolled? In the case of USC the enrollment is 20k undergrad. Is one student worth all of that effort?


Isn't it about the people who didn't get scholarships who truly needed it, because, in theory, the scholarship money was taken by fake applicants?

I think it's more of a deterrent than anything else, that if you do this, you are going to go to jail.
Yes, it is worth it  
BigBlueNH : 5/21/2020 2:34 pm : link
to keep the admissions system and the people that operate in it honest. Absolutely. 1000%. People care that their kids are getting a fair shake at getting into the colleges of their choice. Far more worth it than prosecuting minor drug offenses, which still takes up a ridiculous amount of police, prosecutor and prison resources.
RE: One pressing question...  
Nitro : 5/21/2020 2:38 pm : link
In comment 14908242 lax counsel said:
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In this whole scandal is, was it worth the taxpayers money to chase down and prosecute all of this? I realize Hollywood elites rub the average American the wrong way, but were talking about, what, less than a few hundred spots in universities with well over 20k students enrolled? In the case of USC the enrollment is 20k undergrad. Is one student worth all of that effort?


Ideally there's a chilling effect on the uncaught and future perpetrators of this type of malfeasance, but I doubt it. Probably just means a few new hoops to jump through for the same results.

The hilarious thing to me is that Lori Loughlin's daughter was already incredibly successful on snapchat/instagram and was earning untold amounts of money. College isn't for everyone, and that includes the hyper-successful.

Now, with the reputational hit she's taken I'm sure this will dog her more than if she had never went to USC.
RE: RE: One pressing question...  
Greg from LI : 5/21/2020 3:02 pm : link
In comment 14908259 Nitro said:
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Lori Loughlin's daughter was already incredibly successful on snapchat/instagram and was earning untold amounts of money.


This country is doomed, obviously.
I wonder how she'll come out of this  
pjcas18 : 5/21/2020 3:07 pm : link
compared to Martha Stewart.

I know the crimes are different and they had different presence before, but either way - Laughlin was "canceled" even before pleading guilty.

It will be interesting to see if she has any career afterwards or if she's relegated to reality show type stuff.
has she had a career since Full House?  
Greg from LI : 5/21/2020 3:09 pm : link
I don't think I had heard her name in 20+ years before this scandal.
Yes  
pjcas18 : 5/21/2020 3:11 pm : link
she was a Hallmark Channel staple.

lol (from what I hear).
I've been watching Fuller House  
Chris684 : 5/21/2020 3:14 pm : link
during this lockdown and have become hooked.

Aunt Becky still looks great all these years later.

As does DJ. Cameron-Bure is actually amazingly beautiful these days.
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christian : 5/21/2020 3:20 pm : link
She's had a steady acting career since Full House. The other celebrities caught up in this have been demonstrably less smug. If she serves her punishment, acts self aware, and earnest she'll have a career.

One of the few fair playing fields between the haves and have notes in this country is standardized achievement for young people. Of course educational institutions choose students for all types of non-merit reasons. And that's their right.

But for the little corner reserved for merit, fairness is a virtue worth fighting to maintain.
I disagree  
MetsAreBack : 5/21/2020 3:25 pm : link
its actually a great time to go to jail. You're hunkered down anyway, and chances are they'll release you for fear of a prison Covid outbreak.

Well done by Aunt Becky.

By the way... i fully admit to being slow.... what is the Varsity Blues reference?
Odds on jail time being converted to.....  
MOOPS : 5/21/2020 3:26 pm : link
home detention because of Covid-19?
RE: I disagree  
Nitro : 5/21/2020 3:27 pm : link
In comment 14908312 MetsAreBack said:
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its actually a great time to go to jail. You're hunkered down anyway, and chances are they'll release you for fear of a prison Covid outbreak.

Well done by Aunt Becky.

By the way... i fully admit to being slow.... what is the Varsity Blues reference?


It was the name of the federal sting op
Uncle Jessie is going  
eric2425ny : 5/21/2020 4:32 pm : link
to have to start playing those airport lounge gigs again.
Damn right its correct to go after them  
Payasdaddy : 5/21/2020 6:59 pm : link
less fortunate and minorities have a legit gripe
that theyre unfortunately too many things still stacked against them ,even in 2020
a bunch of rich, mostly white people gaming the system even more is obscene
It disgust me. And I am not a minority and come from upper middle class backround.
definitely go after them  
bc4life : 5/21/2020 10:44 pm : link
poor and working class schmucks do the perp walk every night on the news, while the rich and famous shake their heads in disgust. f them
RE: One pressing question...  
HomerJones45 : 5/21/2020 11:45 pm : link
In comment 14908242 lax counsel said:
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In this whole scandal is, was it worth the taxpayers money to chase down and prosecute all of this? I realize Hollywood elites rub the average American the wrong way, but were talking about, what, less than a few hundred spots in universities with well over 20k students enrolled? In the case of USC the enrollment is 20k undergrad. Is one student worth all of that effort?
Nope, it wasn't worth it. Just propping up the corrupt and rotten college education industry by pretending it was a paragon of virtue defrauded by these rich celebrities.

These people were poorly advised. None of what they did was necessary. Send the kid to private high school, pick a school on the other coast, donate to said school, plug the child of a celebrity and young entrepreneur angle and she probably could have gotten admitted to Yale.
COVID is really an unfortunate wrinkle here.  
Mad Mike : 5/22/2020 12:10 am : link
I like thinking about Aunt Becky in a reboot of Chained Heat.
If you’re poor and black and you get caught with weed  
Ned In Atlanta : 5/22/2020 12:11 am : link
you’ll definitely serve years more prison time than she will. I don’t think what she did deserves serious prison time. In the grand scheme of things paying 500K to dupe your kid into a non-Ivy league school is more pathetic and sad than anything. But it just underscores how foolish people who say that the criminal justice system is equitable are
It is interesting.  
FatMan in Charlotte : 5/22/2020 7:17 am : link
to see how even straightforward events become indictments of class warfare. And not surprising to see which posters are on the side of it being something that's a waste.

RE: One pressing question...  
Section331 : 5/22/2020 9:44 am : link
In comment 14908242 lax counsel said:
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In this whole scandal is, was it worth the taxpayers money to chase down and prosecute all of this? I realize Hollywood elites rub the average American the wrong way, but were talking about, what, less than a few hundred spots in universities with well over 20k students enrolled? In the case of USC the enrollment is 20k undergrad. Is one student worth all of that effort?


Sure, let's allow white collar crime to go unpunished. Should prosecutors ignore charging anyone with the means to hire good attorneys?
Not saying unpunished ...  
Csonka : 5/22/2020 10:07 am : link
But no way should this be jail time. Unless you want to jail every admissions officer at every elite liberal arts college who answers the question "what size donation will help my son/daughter's chances?". Happens all the time.

Falsifying transcripts is different. I guess USC doesn't play the same game as many other schools so they tried this. There should be some level of punishment. But jail time for this is extreme.
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