Lori Loughlin, Mossimo Giannulli plead not guilty in college bribery scandal

Tabitha Dunn
April 16, 2019

Lori Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, have pleaded "not guilty" against charges of mail fraud and money laundering conspiracy in the college bribery scam.

Lori and Mossimo advised the court that they were not intending to appear at a second arraignment, and filed waiver appearance forms indicating they are pleading not guilty to "each of the charges".

The Full House star and husband Giannulli each face up to 40 years in prison for allegedly paying $500,000 to get their daughters, Olivia and Isabella, into USC, as crew recruits, even though neither is a rower.

Lori Loughlin allegedly ran out of options.

Huffman apologized for taking part in the scheme, saying in a statement that she accepts full responsibility for her actions and "will accept the consequences that stem from those actions". Those defendants, including actress Felicity Huffman of Los Angeles, are scheduled to appear for plea hearings next month in U.S. District Court in Boston.

The source goes on to emphasize that Lori didn't understand how serious her actions were.

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Felicity Huffman, the other high-profile actress charged in the case, has agreed to plead guilty and has expressed remorse in paying Singer $15,000 to doctor her daughter's SAT test results, something Huffman insisted her daughter didn't know.

Loughlin and Giannulli are now facing charges of conspiracy to commit fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Another argued Loughlin and Giannulli could have "negotiated for a short-term sentence", but their not-guilty plea entry could lead to "years" in prison if they lose.

Huffman pleaded guilty early, apologized to her daughter, and apologized to all Americans. "This transgression toward her and the public I will carry for the rest of my life". Their daughters have not returned to school since news broke.

"They chose to roll the dice", the legal source told PEOPLE last week about their decision to reject the plea deal, "and it may have been a bad gamble". Loughlin, who had been shooting When Calls the Heart in Vancouver at the time of the arrests, surrendered to the Federal Bureau of Investigation the following day.

"Firm in her beliefs that surely she wouldn't see the inside of a prison cell, a source tells E!"

Loughlin and Giannulli received an additional charge for her alleged participation in the college bribery scandal for money laundering.

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