Of the estimated 2.3 million Americans who’ve done time in jails or prisons, many struggle to find jobs and places to live or to get basic help rebuilding their lives and successfully reintegrating into society.
Then there’s Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli. They, of course, are not like most formerly incarcerated people. While the once-wholesome TV actress may struggle to find work again for the Hallmark Channel, she and her fashion designer husband were able to return to their recently purchased $9.5 million mansion outside Los Angeles.
The former Bel Air Country Club members also appear to have the means to enjoy a relaxing and romantic luxury vacation, where they can reconnect as a couple and exorcise the memories of their time in federal prison, according to a report in The Sun.
Loughlin and Giannulli, who became felons for their role in the nationwide college admissions scandal, checked into the ultra-exclusive Madison Club golf resort near Palm Springs in late April, the Sun reported.
An insider told The Sun: “It was the perfect high-end place for them to reconnect after such a long time apart and Mossimo was released from home confinement. The Madison Club is one of the most exclusive country clubs in the world and it’s somewhere they clearly knew they wouldn’t be photographed.”
Loughlin, 56, returned home in late December after serving two months in the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, where she spent part of her time in quarantine because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Giannulli, 57, had a rougher time during his five-month stint at the federal prison in Lompoc. According to court filings, he endured 56 days in solitary confinement after people in his unit tested positive for COVID-19. Giannulli also experienced COVID-19 symptoms and suffered “significant” mental and physical harm from being in isolation for nearly eight weeks, his attorney said.
Giannulli was released two weeks early from Lompoc and made it home in time for Easter with his wife and daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella. He had to complete the rest of those two weeks on home confinement.
It appears that a few days after Giannulli’s home confinement was finished on April 17, he and Loughlin headed to the Madison Club in La Quinta, just east of Palm Springs.
Loughlin and Giannulli probably needed to get permission from their respective probation officers to make the trip to another county. They are both on supervised released for the next two years, where their choices in work and travel is tightly monitored by a probation officer.
Organizing the vacation was probably worth it for the couple given that the Madison Club “is the finest family-oriented community in the Coachella Community.”
The Sun added that the Madison Club has been popular with celebrities over the years, including the Kardashians, and Sylvester Stallone once owned a $3.35 million home in the community.
The club’s website promises residents and guests “championship-caliber golf, gourmet cuisine, a multitude of outdoor activities” and luxurious accommodations in villas for sale or in suites at the clubhouse. The club also boasts a private day spa and fitness facility where yoga enthusiast Loughlin could take classes.
Loughlin and Giannulli’s visit to the Madison Club comes two years after the start of an ordeal that was largely of their own making. The couple was arrested in March 2019 as part of Operation Varsity Blues, a nationwide federal investigation into three dozen wealthy parents who paid tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to get their already privileged children into top U.S. colleges.
Loughlin and Giannulli paid $500,000 in bribes to get both their daughters admitted to the University of Southern California by having them pose as promising crew team recruits.
Before Loughlin and Giannulli pleaded guilty last year, they ardently fought the charges and proclaimed their innocence. They finally relented after prosecutors released evidence showing that the couple had their daughters pose on rowing machines for photos that would be used for the girls’ fake athletic profiles. The evidence also showed that the couple coached their influencer daughter, Olivia Jade, into what to say if her prep school counselor asked about being admitted to USC as a crew team recruit even though she never participated in the sport.
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