Published: Mon, April 15, 2019
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Lori Loughlin, husband plead not guilty in college scam

Lori Loughlin, husband plead not guilty in college scam

Actress Lori Loughlin, her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli and other prominent parents are pleading not guilty in the college admissions bribery scam. They are just two of 50 people indicted in connection with Operation Varsity Blues.

Huffman was among 13 parents who have agreed to plead guilty to lesser charges.

The paperwork was filed on behalf of Loughlin and Giannulli, a designer, on Monday in US District Court in Boston.

Actress Lori Loughlin said on Monday she will plead not guilty to charges that she participated in what prosecutors say was the largest college admissions scandal uncovered in US history.

Loughlin and Giannulli face charges for allegedly paying a $500,000 bribe to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California as members of the crew team, though they did not participate in crew.

Court documents show at least eight others in addition to Loughlin and Giannulli have filed pleas of not guilty in recent days: Gamal Abdelaziz, of Las Vegas; I-Hsin "Joey" Chen, of Newport Beach, Calif.; Amy Colburn and Gregory Colburn, of Palo Alto, Calif.; Michelle Janavs, of Newport Coast, Calif.; Elisabeth Kimmel, of Las Vegas; David Sidoo, of Vancouver, Canada; and Robert Zangrillo, of Miami.

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. Their daughters have not returned to school since news broke.

Loughlin's representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment by EW. So far the pair hasn't publicly addressed the allegations.

Fellow actress Felicity Huffman, who starred in ABC's Desperate Housewives and 12 other parents announced last week that they have agreed to plead guilty to a single charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

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. Prosecutors secured an indictment on April 9 that included an additional charge of conspiring to commit money laundering. She was smiling and waving to fans on the way into court earlier this month. "It is not an easy ride".

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