Lori Loughlin has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud in the college admissions bribery case.

The Full House star and her husband Mossimo Giannulli have agreed to plead guilty to one count each of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud.

Giannulli will also plead guilty to honest services wire and mail fraud.

Following her guilty plea, Loughlin, 55, will spend two months in prison and be sentenced with a $150,000 (£122,000) fine and two years probation.

She also has to perform 250 hours of community service.

Giannulli will serve five months in prison, and has also been given a $250,000 (£204,000) fine and 250 hours of community service.

The couple had initially vowed to fight the charges, after they were hit with the additional charge of conspiring to to commit federal program bribery.

They previously turned down a plea deal which required them to also plead guilty to money laundering, and Loughlin pleaded not guilty last April.

Loughlin and Giannulli were scheduled to face trial this October.

They are scheduled to plead guilty on Friday at 11:30 am, prosecutors said.

The When Calls The Heart actress and her husband were two of the 53 people charged as part of a college admissions scam, organised by Rick Singer.

Loughlin and Giannulli were accused of paying Singer $500,000 (£408,000) to get their two daughters, including YouTuber Olivia Jade, into the University of Southern California as members of the college rowing team, despite neither of the girls ever rowing before.

Olivia and Isabella are no longer enrolled at USC.

US Attorney Andrew E. Lelling said: ‘Under the plea agreements filed today, these defendants will serve prison terms reflecting their respective roles in a conspiracy to corrupt the college admissions process and which are consistent with prior sentences in this case.

‘We will continue to pursue accountability for undermining the integrity of college admissions.’

Loughlin’s sentence comes after Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman was also charged in Operation Varsity Blues for paying $15,000 (£12,000) to have her daughter’s SAT scores corrected, and was sentenced to 14 days in prison.

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