Actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli are pleading not guilty in the college admissions bribery scam.
Loughlin, 54, and Giannulli, 55, said in court documents filed Monday they are waiving their right to appear in court for an arraignment and plead not guilty.
The couple and more than a dozen other parents were indicted last week on charges of mail fraud and money laundering conspiracy.
The Full House star and husband Giannulli each face up to 40 years in prison for allegedly paying $500,000 to get their daughters, Olivia and Isabella, into USC, as crew recruits, even though neither is a rower.
Lori Laughlin seen arriving home wearing shades and a cap after pleading not guilty in court documents filed Monday
Laughlin (pictured above) and her fashion designer husband, along with more than a dozen other parents, were indicted last week on charges of mail fraud and money laundering conspiracy
Loughlin and her husband Giannulli (pictured above on April 3 leaving federal court in Boston) said in court documents on Monday that they are pleading not guilty to charges that they took part in a sweeping college admissions bribery scam
They haven’t publicly addressed the allegations against them.
DailyMail.com revealed that Loughlin and Giannulli turned down a plea deal which would have drastically reduced their sentences because they thought prosecutors were ‘bluffing’ when they said they could end up behind bars.
The couple were initially charged with mail and mail fraud but federal prosecutors added money laundering to the list of accusations against them.
Olivia Jade Giannulli, (pictured left) Lori Loughlin (center) and Isabella Rose Giannulli (pictured right) attend The Women’s Cancer Research Fund’s An Unforgettable Evening Benefit Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 28
Several other indicted parents have also entered not guilty pleas.
Fellow actress Felicity Huffman and 12 other parents have agreed to plead guilty.
Huffman was accused of paying a consultant, Rick Singer, 15,000 dollars (£11,000) disguised as a charitable donation to boost her daughter’s test score.
Authorities say the 56-year-old actress also discussed going through with the same plan for her younger daughter, but ultimately decided not to.
Felicity Huffman leaves court. Huffman and 12 other parents have agreed to plead guilty
Huffman apologized for taking part in the scheme, saying in a statement that she accepts full responsibility for her actions and ‘will accept the consequences that stem from those actions’.
‘My daughter knew absolutely nothing about my actions, and in my misguided and profoundly wrong way, I have betrayed her,’ Huffman said.
‘This transgression toward her and the public I will carry for the rest of my life. My desire to help my daughter is no excuse to break the law or engage in dishonesty.’
Prosecutors say they will seek a prison sentence that’s on the low end of between four and 10 months for Huffman. Huffman is scheduled to appear in Boston’s federal court on May 24 to plead guilty.
Other parents indicted include Michelle Janavs, whose family developed the microwave snack line Hot Pockets before selling their company, and William McGlashan, who co-founded an investment fund with U2’s Bono in 2017.
The Full House star and husband Giannulli each face up to 40 years in prison for allegedly paying $500,000 to get their daughters, Olivia (pictured right) and Isabella (pictured left), into USC
It is the biggest college admissions scandal prosecuted by the Justice Department, embroiling elite universities across the country and laying bare the lengths to which status-seeking parents will go to secure their children a coveted spot.
The scandal arose on March 12 when the US Attorney’s Office announced that 50 people – including Loughlin, Giannulli and actress Felicity Huffman – had allegedly involved in the cheating scandal.
Prosecutors say the scheme was overseen by California college admissions consultant William “Rick” Singer, who has admitted to facilitating the cheating scam and bribing coaches to present the parents’ children as fake athletic recruits.
The younger of Loughlin and Giannulli’s two daughters, YouTube star Olivia, is said to be ‘barely speaking’ to either of her parents in the scandal’s wake, previous reports have suggested.
She has been spotted staying with friends in LA instead of at home with her parents in Bel Air.