Lori Loughlin Is 'Terrified' About Going to Prison amid COVID-19 Pandemic: Source

"Lori has been trying to stay as healthy as possible," says a Lori Loughlin source

Lori Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli’s long legal battle is over — and now they must pay the price for their crimes.

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, 57, received five months in jail, a $250,000 fine and 250 hours of service.

“It’s all been like a black cloud hanging over them,” a Loughlin source tells PEOPLE. “They’re relieved because the waiting was awful, but Lori is still terrified about going to prison.”

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Victorville federal prison
Victorville Federal Prison. Federal Bureau of Prisons

After the couple were accused of paying college admissions scam ringleader Rick Singer $500,000 to falsely designate their daughters — Isabella Rose, 21, and Olivia Jade, 20 — as recruits to the University of Southern California crew team, they denied any wrongdoing for more than a year.

Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli are photographed leaving Boston Massachussetts courthouse where they are appearing in front of a judge facing charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, with an alleged nation
Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli. Splash News Online

But in May they pleaded guilty to fraud charges. “I wish I could go back and do things differently,” Loughlin told the judge. “I can only take responsibility and move forward.”

Mossimo Giannulli and Lori Loughlin
Mossimo Giannulli and Lori Loughlin. L. Cohen/WireImage

For now, Loughlin and Giannulli have been ordered to report to jail on Nov. 19. In the mean time, they’ve requested that their sentences not overlap so that they can be present for their daughters.

Lori Loughlin
Lori Loughlin with daughters Isabella Rose and Olivia Jade Giannulli. Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic

As they await the judge’s decision, the Loughlin source says the actress has been doing everything she can to prepare.

With fears of contracting COVID-19 in prison, “Lori has been trying to stay as healthy as possible and also takes supplements to boost her immune system. It’s definitely something that she has been losing sleep about.”

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