SALT LAKE CITY — Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli have pleaded not guilty on two conspiracy charges in the college admissions scandal, according to The Associated Press.
- The couple also waived their rights to appear in court for an arraignment on a money laundering charge, according to CNN.
- The decision to plead not guilty is Loughlin and Giannulli’s first response to the college admissions scandal case, CNN reports.
- The couple is accused of paying $500,000 in bribes so that their daughters would be crew team recruits for the University of Southern California, even though they never competed in crew.
Context: Loughlin was one of the most high-profile parents named in the scandal, along with Felicity Huffman, who was one of 13 parents who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud charges, according to The Associated Press.6 comments on this story
Prosecutors added a money laundering charge against Loughlin, Giannulli and a dozen other parents who are still fighting in the case.
According to TMZ, Loughlin and Giannulli face a minimum of four years and nine months in prison.
Reaction: According to my report for the Deseret News, Loughlin has been in denial about the charges.
“She has been in complete denial and thought maybe she could skate by,” an unnamed source told E! News on April 10. “She refused to accept any jail time and thought the DA was bluffing. She was adamant she wouldn’t do any jail time.”