After Lori Loughlin was first charged for her alleged involvement in the nationwide college admissions scandal, she pled not guilty. Now, the actress is asking for a new plea deal, so she can avoid spending any time behind bars.
The 55-year-old “has asked her lawyer to negotiate a plea deal that would involve no jail time but home confinement with monitoring via ankle monitor,” an insider told Us Weekly. “She’s willing to pay a substantial fine, over $2 million.”
Unfortunately, it seems like it’s too late for Loughlin to broker anything further. At this point, “Any deal would involve significant jail time,” the insider revealed. But her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, still wants to go to trial. “Moss doesn’t want any plea deal and is expecting to be fully exonerated,” the source added.
It seems like the Hollywood A-listers changed their tune, though. In July, a source told the outlet that the pair are “actively engaged in their defense.” The insider noted that the Full House alum and the fashion designer “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, 56, 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.
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.”
Hmmm … we wonder what changed.
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