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Actress Lori Loughlin has pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in connection with her effort to get her two daughters into college through fraud.

Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, sought to get their children into the University of Southern California as athletic recruits, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office
for the District of Massachusetts.

Loughlin, a former star of “Full House,” actress Felicity Huffman, and dozens of others have been charged in a massive scheme in which parents bribed coaches and testing center staff to get their children into elite colleges, CNN reported.

The actress will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud. Giannulli will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and honest services wire and mail fraud.

Loughlin will be sentenced to two months in prison, a $150,000 fine and two years of supervised release with 100 hours of community service. Her husband faces five months in prison, a $250,000 fine and two years of supervised release with 250 hours of community service.

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The guilty pleas drew a reaction on Twitter.

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The release noted that 24 parents charged in the scheme have now pleaded guilty.

“Under the plea agreements filed today, these defendants will serve prison terms reflecting their respective roles in a conspiracy to corrupt the collegemissions process and which are consistent with prior sentences in this case. We will continue to pursue accountability for undermining the integrity of collegemissions,” U.S. Attorney Andrew E. Lelling said.

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Loughlin and Giannulli were accused of paying $500,000 to ensure their two daughters weremitted to USC as recruits for the crew team, even though neither girl participated in the sport.

Conviction on the charges facing Loughlin and Giannulli could have resulted in sentences of up to 20 years in prison.

“The stakes at trial were really high for these two,” legal analyst Elie Honig told CNN.

“Had they gone to trial and lost, they were looking at several years each. So they really cut their losses here by cutting these pleas.”

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