Actor Lori Loughlin is voluntarily paying tuition and expenses for two college students, following her guilty plea and completed prison sentence stemming from the 2019 federal investigation into college-admissions bribery and exam cheating by wealthy parents.
A representative for the Hauppauge-raised actor confirmed to Newsday Thursday that an anonymously sourced article in Us Weekly two days earlier reporting that act of contrition was accurate, saying, "I can confirm that the story is true but have no additional information to share."
The magazine reported that former "Full House" star Loughlin, 57, is privately paying more than $500,000 for two unnamed students to attend four years of college. The 2019 investigation, in which 56 people eventually were charged, alleged that Loughlin and her fashion-designer husband Mossimo Giannulli, 58, had paid roughly that amount to have their influencer daughters Isabella, 23, and Olivia Jade, 22, admitted to the University of Southern California as members of the crew team, though neither student participated in the sport.
In the aftermath, Loughlin was fired from her Hallmark Channel drama series "When Calls the Heart." Best known for her role as Aunt Becky on the 1987-1996 ABC family sitcom "Full House" and its recent Netflix sequel series "Fuller House," Loughlin, along with Giannulli, pleaded guilty in May 2020 to fraud.
Loughlin was sentenced to 2 months in prison and released from the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California, near San Francisco, on Dec. 28 to begin 2 years of supervised release. Giannulli, given 5 months, was released this April to community confinement and has since completed his sentence. Each also paid a fine and was sentenced to community service.
The Us Weekly report also stated that after Loughlin completed her 100 hours of service with Los Angeles nonprofit Project Angel Food, which prepares and delivers meals to people impacted by serious illness, she has continued to work with that organization.
Loughlin has since returned to acting by reprising her "When Calls the Heart" role as Abigail Stanton in the upcoming season-2 premiere of the spinoff "When Hope Calls," on the cable network GAC Family.
Earlier this month, a judge granted Loughlin and Giannulli, who also is under supervised release, permission to travel to Mexico for a week to attend a wedding.
Loughlin has no social media and has not commented publicly on the Us report.