EntertainmentWhy Lori Loughlin's 'Only Choice' Was to Plead Not Guilty in College Admissions Scandal
Lori Loughlin Is Living Her ‘Worst Nightmare’ Amid College Scandal
The aftermath of the college admissions scandal hit Lori Loughlin like a ton of bricks. Everything We Know About the College Admissions Scandal “This is Lori’s worst nightmare — not only for her, but for her children and extended family,” a Loughlin source says exclusively in the new issue of Us Weekly. The Fuller House star, 54, and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, were among the 50 people who were indicted on March 12 for their alleged involvement in the scandal.
“She probably should have taken the deal, but at the time, she didn’t really realize how serious the charges were,” the source tells PEOPLE.
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The 'Fuller House' star has laid low since she was arrested for allegedly paying bribes for her daughters to attend USC.
“More than that, I think she and her lawyers underestimated how motivated the prosecution was. So she didn’t plead, and then they hit her with another charge. Now she’s willing to negotiate, but the prosecution says that the deal is off the table. So the only choice they’ve got is to plead not guilty. That’s all they can do.”
The source confirms to PEOPLE that Loughlin and husband J. Mossimo Giannulli pleaded not guilty to both charges they face: mail fraud and money laundering conspiracy. If convicted, they face up to 20 years in prison for each charge.
On March 12, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts announced that it had charged 50 people, including Loughlin and fellow actress Felicity Huffman, in the cheating scandal. The two actresses, along with coaches, admissions counselors and parents were accused of such alleged crimes as falsifying SAT scores and lying about the athletic skills of their children.
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The actress and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, will appear alongside Felicity Huffman in court on Wednesday.
Huffman has agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, saying, “I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done, I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those actions.”
Loughlin, meanwhile, allegedly wanted her daughters to get into the University of Southern California so badly that she and Giannulli paid approximately $500,000 in bribes to falsely designate their daughters as recruits to the USC crew team — despite the fact that they did not participate in crew.
Loughlin and Ginnulli have hired a team of high-profile attorneys to represent them in the case.
“They decided 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. Now they’re in worse shape than before.”
“[The prosecutors] are saying that the only way anyone’s going to escape jail time is if they go to trial and are found not guilty,” the source told PEOPLE. “But they’re saying the they have such meticulous evidence that it would be foolish to take that risk.”
Reps for Loughlin and Giannulli have not returned PEOPLE’s calls for comment.
Lori Loughlin, husband Mossimo Giannulli enter not guilty pleas in college admissions cheating scandal.
Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli pleaded not guilty Monday in the college admissions scam, Fox News has learned. In court documents obtained by Fox News, Loughlin and Giannulli said in the filing they are waiving their right to appear in court for an arraignment and plead not guilty. The "Fuller House" actress also requested to waive her appearance for an arraignment in the college admissions scandal, the Department of Justice told us. Loughlin did not appear in court and it is currently not known if the judge will permit the plea without Loughlin present.
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