Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli have just been pushed out of the exclusive Bel-Air Country Club after top members became enraged that their recent guilty pleas converted their establishment into a “place of refuge and comfort for known felons.”

Page Six reported that Loughlin and Giannulli officially quit the club earlier this month after they plead guilty to paying $500,000 in bribe money to have their two daughters admitted to the University of Southern California as members of the crew team, even though neither girl had ever rowed before. Their decision to step down from the club came after a heated battle among members over how to handle the couple.

Though the club’s Board of Directors had voted unanimously to suspend both Loughlin and Giannulli, some members of the club were livid that the couple was not kicked out entirely. Former Board President Michael Gallagher, a prominent member of the club, went so far as to say that he was resigning from the establishment entirely because of the decision.

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“BACC is a Club of gentlemen and gentlewomen. Gentlemen are not felons, and felons in turn are not gentlemen. You cannot be a member in good standing and guilty of a felony at the same time, it is a non sequitur,” Gallagher wrote. “The board action, taken on behalf of the Club’s membership, now establishes our Club as a place of refuge and comfort for known felons . . . This matter is already well known in the golfing world, domestically and internationally, and our Club has become a laughingstock.”

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Loughlin and Giannulli, who reportedly loved playing golf at the club, decided to leave the establishment voluntarily so as not to further the rift.

After Loughlin pleaded guilty last month to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, she took a deal in which she would serve two months in jail, pay a $150,000 fine and perform 100 hours of community service. Meanwhile, Giannulli pleaded guilty to the same charge, plus one count of honest services wire and mail fraud. His deal has him serving five months behind bars, paying a $250,000 fine and doing 250 hours of community service.

 

This piece originally appeared in UpliftingToday.com and is used by permission.

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