Lori Loughlin was photographed in public for the first time since her release from federal prison in December when paparazzi spotted her out this week completing her court-ordered community service.
The photos of the actor, recently obtained and published by Page Six, show Loughlin in Los Angeles handing out meals as a volunteer worker with Project Angel Food, an organization that prepares and delivers meals to those dealing with life-threatening illnesses, according to the company’s website. Loughlin kept a low profile, sporting sunglasses, a mask, and a Project Angel Food baseball hat. Brad Bessey, head of communications for Project Angel Food, confirmed to PEOPLE that the actor had done work with the organization.
“We are grateful that she's a compassionate person who continues to volunteer with Project Angel Food,” he told the outlet.
Authorities confirmed that Loughlin, 56, was released from the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California on December 28 after serving around two months behind bars, NBC News reported. The actor, known for her role as Aunt Becky on “Full House,” and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, were among numerous high-profile parents who were exposed as having allegedly participated in a multi-level college admissions scheme wherein they paid a so-called college admissions counselor to ensure that their children would be admitted to a top university of their choice. Loughlin and Giannulli were accused of paying the scheme’s ringleader, Rick Singer, $500,000 to get their two daughters admitted to the University of Southern California as members of the school's rowing team, despite neither being a member of a crew team.
While the couple initially maintained their innocence, pleading not guilty in Nov. 2019. But they later changed their tune, with Loughlin pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and Giannulli pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire as well as mail fraud and honest services wire and mail fraud.
In addition to the two-month federal prison sentence handed down in August 2020, Loughlin was also ordered to pay a $150,000 fine and complete 100 hours of community service, according to another NBC News report. Giannulli received a slightly longer sentence of five months in prison, with a $250,000 fine and 250 hours of community service.
During her sentencing, Loughlin apologized for her actions and pledged to “do good and give back for the rest of [her] life.”
“Your honor I am truly, profoundly and deeply sorry,” she reportedly said. “I am ready to face the consequences and make amends."
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