Fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli has been released from a California jail and has been admitted to a home jail after being jailed for his role in a college bribery scheme.
Giannulli, 57, is married to former Full House star Lori Loughlin. Last year, they pleaded guilty to paying half a million dollars for their two daughters to transfer to the University of Southern California. Loughlin was released from prison in Dublin in December after spending two months behind bars.
Both were among the most high-profile parents accused in the scheme, which authorities claim involved substantial bribes to send unworthy teenagers to schools with fake results or false athletic abilities.
Giannulli was released from house arrest on Friday, a person familiar with the case told The Associated Press. The rest of the sentence is expected to be served at home, the person said. He was unable to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.
Giannulli, whose Mossimo clothing was until recently a Target brand, was in custody at Lompoc Federal Prison near Santa Barbara. He reported in November and is expected to be released in April.
Release to a closed home in the case of Giannulli is not uncommon, in part because of the short nature of his sentence.
Records show that he is under the control of the Long Beach Prison Office, which manages half the house, as well as inmates who are in a closed home. Records indicate he will be released from prison on April 17.
The Ministry of Justice has ordered the Prisons Office to increase the use of enclosed spaces and to expedite the release of eligible prisoners – preferably those in low- or medium-security prisons – starting with viral outbreaks. But advocates have expressed concern about racial and financial inequality among those granted home.
He first reported Giannulli’s release in contact.
Giannulli’s lawyers and prison officials on Saturday did not immediately return requests for comment.
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