Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, pleaded not guilty on Monday relating to fraud and conspiracy charges brought against them by federal prosecutors in the Operation Varsity Blues investigation.
"Ms. Loughlin and her counsel affirm that Ms. Loughlin has received a copy of the (indictment) and that Mr. Loughlin pleads NOT GUILTY to each of the charges against her", the two-paragraph document reads. One person tweeted, "She must believe in the "celebrity defense" which has proven a great defense for many celebrities".
Loughlin, who played Aunt Becky on the sitcom "Full House", and Giannulli haven't publicly addressed the allegations against them.
Lori Loughlin is not going down without a fight. Lori is finally realizing just how serious this is. Singer would then instruct the parents to write off the alleged bribes as tax-deductible "donations" to his non-profit. They face potential sentences ranging from a few months to a few years.
Loughlin's not guilty plea to charges of conspiracy to commit fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering is her first substantive response in the case.
The charges include conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, while the scam reportedly involved money sent to a California businessman who promised to get applicants into the colleges of their choice. According to a source cited by E! News that Loughlin has been in "complete denial" over the seriousness of her situation. "She was adamant she wouldn't do any jail time". Loughlin and her husband Giannulli said in court documents Monday, April 15, 2019, that they are pleading not guilty to charges that they took part in a sweeping college admissions bribery scam. Instead, their attorneys entered the plea for them.
"I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done, I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those actions", Huffman said in the statement. My desire to help my daughter is no excuse to break the law or engage in dishonesty'.
Lori and husband Mossimo Giannulli live in a lovely newly remodeled 12,000 square-foot mansion in Bel Air with six bedrooms. What in the hell?
Singer has pleaded guilty and is cooperating with investigators.
"Oh yeah? You think that's insane?" McKinnon asked the others. Prosecutors allege that the couple paid a total of $500,000 to facilitate admission of their daughters to USC as purported crew recruits.
Loughlin and Giannulli allegedly worked in concert with William "Rick" Singer to bribe college officials and rig the entrance exams so that their children could be accepted into elite universities.