Loughlin, Giannulli plead not guilty in college scam

Joann Johnston
April 15, 2019

Federal prosecutors added money laundering into the set of accusations against celebrity Lori Loughlin, her fashion husband, Mossimo Giannulli, and 14 other notable parents Tuesday in the college admissions bribery case, raising the strain on them to plead guilty as other parents have agreed to perform.

Loughlin, who was indicted last month in connection with a bribery scheme in which rich parents paid big bucks to get their kids into elite schools, was sacked by Hallmark soon after the scandal hit, and the show took a break to explore its "creative options".

"It's just taking some time for it to sink in that what she was allegedly doing could be considered illegal".

According to a source, the public's perception of the scam is 'nothing compared to what her daughters think of her.

Loughlin "felt that she hadn't done anything that any mom wouldn't have done, if they had the means to do so", the People source said.

After the allegations surfaced, cosmetic giant Sephora ended a makeup partnership with her. They were charged with conspiracy to commit fraud and money laundering, said the U.S. Attorney's Office in MA. If found guilty, the couple could face a maximum of 40 years in prison, 20 years for each charge.

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Huffman and her husband, actor William H. Macy, later made arrangements to pursue the scheme a second time, for her younger daughter, before deciding not to do so, court documents allege. She was adamant she wouldn't do any jail time.

On March 12, the U.S. Attorney's Office in MA announced that it had charged 50 people, including Loughlin and fellow actress Felicity Huffman, in the cheating scandal.

"We can't wait to get back to Hope Valley", Krakow said in a brief Facebook video on Saturday.

Singer has already pleaded guilty in a Boston federal court to charges of racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud the United States and obstruction of justice. It was very important for her to be able to say that her girls were at USC, ' a source told Page Six.

The two are charged with paying $500,000 U.S. in bribes to get their daughters admitted to the University of Southern California as crew recruits, even though neither is a rower.

Prosecutors have said they will seek a prison sentence on the low end of four to 10 months for Huffman, who was charged with paying $15,000 to boost her daughter's SAT score. "My urge to help my daughter is no excuse to violate the law or engage in dishonesty", she explained following her plea deal was announced.

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