US actress Lori Loughlin has been released from prison after serving nearly two months behind bars for her role in the college admissions cheating scandal.
The “Full House” actress had an emotional reunion with her daughters, Isabella Giannulli and YouTube star Olivia Jade, after leaving a Californian jail.
Loughlin, 56, now must complete 100 hours of community service and spend two years in supervised release as part of her sentence.
She and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, who’s serving five months at a separate California lockup, were sent to prison for paying 500,000 dollars in bribes to get their daughters accepted into college as athletic recruits.
The high-profile spouses were among dozens of wealthy parents caught in the massive scandal, which came to light early last year following a lengthy investigation by the US attorney’s office in Massachusetts.
The couple eventually admitted they bribed a college admissions consultant to create fake athletic profiles for their daughters.
The girls were eventually admitted to the University of Southern California as part of the school’s rowing team – even though they had no competitive experience in the sport.
Fellow actress Felicity Huffman, who was convicted in a similar scheme, spent 11 days behind bars after admitting she paid 15,000 dollars to rig her older daughter’s college entrance exam.
Giannulli, 57, pleaded guilty to a more serious charge of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud. He began his sentence late last month and has already been placed in isolation because of COVID-19.