The fashion-designer husband of Lori Loughlin will report to prison by Thursday to serve a 5-month sentence in the college admissions scandal

By Steve Helling
November 18, 2020 04:37 PM
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Mossimo Giannulli is sporting a new look, just one day before he reports to prison.

The 57-year-old designer was photographed on Wednesday with a shaved head. He will report to prison on Thursday to serve a five-month sentence for his role in the high-profile college admissions scandal.

The clean look was a suggestion from his wife, Lori Loughlin, who is currently serving two months for her role in the scandal. She is expected to be released at the end of December, while he is slated to be freed near the end of April.

"He's trying to simplify everything," says a legal source close to Giannulli. "Prison life is going to be hard enough for him; he might as well just take any hair worries out of the equation."

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On May 22, Giannulli pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and one count of honest services wire and mail fraud. Loughlin admitted to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud. The couple was caught up in the college admissions scandal in which more than 50 parents allegedly bribed their wealthy children's way into prestigious universities.

According to the criminal complaint against them, the couple was accused of paying $500,000 to Rick Singer and Key Worldwide Foundation to falsely designate their daughters, Olivia Jade Giannulli, 20, and Isabella Rose Giannulli, 21, as recruits to the University of Southern California crew team, even though neither ever participated in the sport.

On Aug. 21, a judge approved the couple’s plea deal, sentencing the Full House star, 56, to two months in jail, a $150,000 fine and 150 hours of community service, while fashion designer Giannulli received five months in jail, a $250,000 fine and 250 hours of community service.

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At the time of her sentencing, Loughlin gave a contrite statement about her actions.

"I made an awful decision," she told the judge after she was sentenced. "I went along with a plan to give my daughters an unfair advantage in the college admissions process. In doing so, I ignored my intuition and allowed myself to be swayed from my moral compass."

"I thought I was acting out of love for my children, but in reality it only undermined and diminished my daughters’ abilities and accomplishments," she continued.

Giannulli hopes that shaving his head will help him assimilate to the prison culture, the source says.

"He won't stand out as much, because a lot of guys shave their head in prison," says the source. "It's a smart move."