Sticking to their story. Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are still in the process of trying to clear their names after they were allegedly involved in the nationwide college admission scandal in March.
“They believe they’ll be exonerated,” a source told Us Weekly, adding that the couple are “actively engaged in their defense.” The insider noted that the Full House alum, 54, and the fashion designer, 56, “won’t even talk about taking any type of” plea bargain in the Operation Varsity Blues case, which will likely go to trial in early 2020.
The brunette beauty and Giannulli were arrested in March after they allegedly “agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters, Isabella, 20, and Olivia, 19, designated as recruits to the USC crew team — despite the fact that they did not participate in crew — thereby facilitating their admission to USC.”
The duo was later released from jail on $1 million bond. After they made a court appearance on April 3, the couple learned that they could face up to 20 years in federal prison, 3 years probation and a $250,000 fine.
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Afterward, they pleaded not guilty to charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. “Ms. Loughlin and her counsel affirm that Ms. Loughlin has received a copy of the Second Superseding Indictment and that Ms. Loughlin pleads not guilty to each of the charges against her,” read the filings. Giannulli’s read much the same, also indicating that “Mr. Giannulli pleads not guilty to each of the charges against him.”
However, the Hollywood A-lister seems confident that she won’t go to prison for her role in the alleged scheme. “[She] reads everything that’s written about her, and it’s killing her that her squeaky-clean reputation has a done total 180,” a source told Us Weekly in May. “She thinks she’s not going to serve jail time and [will] return to work.”
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