Lori Loughlin was sentenced to two months of prison, community service hours and a fine, plus a formal online plea submission, but 'Dance Mom' Abby Lee Miller thinks she had it extremely easy.
It's been just over a year since Operation Varsity Blues started tracking down people, including celebrities, involved in college admission scandals, the major one being for the University of Southern California around Full House actress Lori Loughlin, her husband Mossimo Giannulli and their daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella.
After a year of pleading not guilty over and over again, with controversies and debate within the family itself about the decisions, the husband-wife have both pleaded guilty this time around in a surprise turn of events, only two weeks after signing up to dismiss the charges.
It might've been a weird time to plead guilty.
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They were asked to formally submit their guilty pleas on Friday, May 22, at 11:30 AM in federal court through video conference. The online justice system was announced to be implemented just a few days ago.
In accordance with their pleas, Loughlin would serve two months in prison, while her husband will serve five months. In addition, they'd have to serve hundreds of hours in community service and pay a fine of up to $400,000. Had they not confessed and been found guilty during the trial, they would've had to serve upto 40 years in prison each.
It was a little strange they pushed off their guilty plea for a year as the likes of Felicity Huffman, along with several parents, had pleaded guilty ages ago and served their crime. And according to Dance Moms creator Abby Lee Miller, she got off pretty easy from it.
Miller thinks their punishment was not justified on any level.
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"How is that punishing her?" She told Inside Edition after the announcement. "It's crazy how the system works. I feel like she got one over on the system."
The Giannulli parents had allegedly paid the Rick Singer's establishments $500,000 to get their daughters into the University's rowing team, despite the fact that neither of them was interested in the sport. There were other additional charges against them on the way after being charged for the scandal.
Meanwhile, Miller herself served ten months behind bars for banking fraud, 20 counts of such charges, back since July 2017. She was initially charged with a year and a day in prison, plus two years of supervised release. But due to health complications, specifically spinal cancer which required emergency surgery + chemotherapy, she was released in May 2017. Dance Moms returned after two years with her supervised release.
On the other hand, protege JoJo Siwa is currently clapped back at former Dance Moms member Brooke Hyland after she posted a now-deleted clip on TikTok, shading Miller for sending her a friend request on Facebook and posting with such a bold face.
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