Lori Loughlin, husband Mossimo Giannulli plead not guilty in first response to college admissions scandal

Lori Loughlin's decision to plead 'not guilty' for charges of conspiracy to commit fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering is her first proper stance on the case

FP Staff April 16, 2019 10:51:55 IST
Lori Loughlin, husband Mossimo Giannulli plead not guilty in first response to college admissions scandal

Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli have pleaded not guilty to the double charges of conspiracy in the college admissions scandal, reports CNN. The publication drew its information from federal court filings entered Monday.

Lori Loughlin husband Mossimo Giannulli plead not guilty in first response to college admissions scandal

Actress Lori Loughlin, front, and husband, clothing designer Mossimo Giannulli, left, depart federal court in Boston after facing charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. The Associated Press

The couple also waived their right for a court appearance, as per the documents. The actress' decision to plead 'not guilty' for charges of conspiracy to commit fraud and money laundering is her first proper stance on the case. The prosecutors have claimed that Lori and Mossimo paid $500,000 to a fake charity in order to get their two daughters admitted into the University of Southern California. The admission would falsely designate them as crew recruits.

Actress Felicity Huffman, another accused in the scandal, was among the 13 parents who pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit fraud a week ago. The confession was followed by the prosecutors' claims that they will try and recommend incarceration at the "low end" of the sentencing range for Huffman and will not slap her with further charges.

Though Lori and Mossimo had appeared in court two weeks ago, they never intended to let people know how they would plead. Each of the two charges can lead up to 20 years in prison.

These accusations have negatively impacted Lori and her daughter Olivia Jade's careers. While Lori lost out on multiple offers by brands and was also dropped from Hallmark Channel following the scandal. Sephora also ended a makeup partnership with Olivia, a social media influencer.

 

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