Actress Lori Loughlin was released on Monday after serving two months of prison time for being involved in a scam under which she sent two of her children to prestigious American university, AFP has reported.
The 56-year-old actress, known for starring in famous sitcom ‘Aunt Becky’, was sentenced for two years of supervised release in August along with her husband, who the prosecutors had indicted as the more active participant in the scam.
Loughlin had entered a low-security federal prison in Dublin, some 30 miles east of San Francisco, on October 30, AFP reported.
Her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, was sentenced to five months, a $250,000 fine and 250 hours of community service.
Besides the prison term, Loughlin too attracted a $150,000 fine, and 100 hours of community service.
The pair admitted to paying $500,000 to gain admission for their two daughters to the University of Southern California as recruits to the rowing crew team -- a sport neither had ever trained in, the agency wrote.
As many as 50 people were indicted in the elaborate scam, including the ‘Desperate Housewives’ star Felicity Huffman, who was served 11 days of her two weeks’ sentence in the same prison last year.
The ringleader behind the college admissions scam, William "Rick" Singer, who authorities say was paid about $25 million to bribe coaches and university administrators, has pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing, expected sometime next year.