Lori Loughlin, husband Mossimo Giannulli plead not guilty in college admissions scam

Lula Sharp
April 15, 2019

"Loughlin and Giannulli were charged will mail fraud in March after it was discovered they allegedly paid scam mastermind William "Rick" Singer to have their daughters Isabella and YouTube star Olivia Jade recruited onto the USC crew team despite neither girl being a rower in high school", adds the report.

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".

It's unclear whether a judge will accept their requests or require them to show up in person to enter pleas.

Loughlin, who played aunt Becky on the sitcom Full House, and Giannulli haven't publicly addressed the allegations against them.

(Paul Marotta/Getty Images) Felicity Huffman exits the John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse after appearing in Federal Court to answer charges stemming from college admissions scandal, April 3, 2019, in Boston. After their older daughter was admitted to USC, authorities say Giannulli, whose Mossimo clothing had always been a Target brand until recently, sent Singer an e-mail with the subject line "Trojan happiness", thanking him for his "efforts and end result!"

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Loughlin's youngest daughter is social media influencer Olivia Jade, who started her freshman year at USC last fall.

Each of the charges Loughlin and Giannulli face call for up to 20 years in prison, although first-time offenders would get only a small fraction of that if convicted.

Loughlin and Giannulli are now facing charges of conspiracy to commit fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Several other indicted parents have also entered not guilty pleas.

The new charges came a day after federal prosecutors said Huffman and 13 other defendants charged in the probe dubbed "Operation Varsity Blues" had agreed to plead guilty. 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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