The hearing occurred via teleconference before US District Judge Nathaniel Gorton in Massachusetts because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Yes, your honor,” Loughlin told the judge when asked if she understood the proceedings.
Loughlin wore a dark green high-neck blouse and sat in front of a wooden armoire. Giannulli sported a graying beard and a dark suit. They appeared with their lawyers in separate rooms. Their answers to the court’s questions about understanding their pleas were brief. They listened intently and displayed no emotion as the prosecution outlined their crimes.
Gorton asked Loughlin and Giannulli if they disagreed with the government’s statement of facts. They both answered, “No, your honor.”
Loughlin pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, and Giannulli pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and honest services wire and mail fraud.
Sentencing is set for August 21.
Giannulli’s attorney, William Trach, had requested an earlier sentencing date, noting at one point the defendants sought “finality in this process.”
After the couple formally entered their guilty pleas, Loughlin briefly closed her eyes and appeared to take a deep breath.
Loughlin, 55, and Giannulli, 56, had been accused of paying $500,000 to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California as fake crew team recruits.
Under the agreement, Loughlin will be sentenced to two months in prison and Giannulli will be sentenced to five months in prison.
Additionally, Loughlin faces a $150,000 fine, two years of supervised release and 100 hours of community service. Giannulli faces a $250,000 fine, two years of supervised release and 250 hours of community service.
The actress, who is best known for her role as Aunt Becky on the sitcom “Full House,” and her husband had previously been charged with three counts of conspiracy. The additional counts were dismissed.
As part of the scheme, Giannulli emailed Singer pictures of his daughters posing on indoor rowing machines, which were then used to create the athletic profiles, the criminal complaint states.
“Good news my daughter … is in (U)SC… bad is I had to work the system,” Giannulli allegedly wrote in an email to his accountant.
After Singer informed Loughlin and Giannulli via email in November 2017 that their youngest daughter was provisionally accepted to USC as an athletic recruit, Loughlin replied, “This is wonderful news.”
“Please continue to keep hush hush until March,” Singer replied, according to Assistant US Attorney Eric Rosen.
“Yes, of course,” Loughlin wrote.
The daughters are no longer enrolled at USC, the school said last year.
If Loughlin and Giannulli had gone to trial and been convicted, they could have faced up to 20 years in prison for the conspiracy charge.
Dameris will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, according to the statement. A plea hearing has not been scheduled.
Under an agreement making Dameris the 25th parent to enter a guilty plea, the government will recommend a sentence of time served, 21 months of home confinement, a $95,000 fine and restitution.
Dameris paid $300,000 to Singer’s purported charity to facilitate his son’s recruitment to Georgetown University as a tennis player, even though he did not play tennis competitively, according to the government.
CNN’s Eric Levenson contributed to this story.