Lori Loughlin and Husband Plead Not Guilty in College Admissions Cheating Scandal

Joann Johnston
April 15, 2019

Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, are accused of paying $500,000 to have their two daughters admitted to the University of Southern California in an athletic recruiting scam.

The couple and several other parents were originally charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.

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A new superseding indictment unsealed last Tuesday alleges that Loughlin, 54, and Giannulli, 55, disguised their bribes to the ringleader of the scam as donations to fund programs for "disadvantaged youth".

Reps for Loughlin and Giannulli have not returned PEOPLE's calls for comment.

In March, the couple was indicted for allegedly taking part in a large scheme involving parents who paid substantial bribes to get their kids into elite universities.

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Loughlin's move comes as some other parents - including actress Felicity Huffman - have announced they will plead guilty to the charges.

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"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".

Huffman - famous for her Academy Award-nominated role in "Transamerica" and the television show "Desperate Housewives" - allegedly gave $15,000 to Singer "to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of their oldest daughter", court documents allege.

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Prosecutors added a money laundering conspiracy charge against Loughlin, Giannulli and more than a dozen other parents who are still fighting the case, increasing the pressure on them to plead guilty. "This transgression toward her and the public I will carry for the rest of my life".

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