Lori Loughlin and husband plead not guilty in college admissions case

Lori Loughlin and husband plead not guilty in college admissions case

Huffman has already agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest service services mail fraud, but Loughlin, who faces the same charges, is said to be apprehensive to follow suit.

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.

And things got worse for the mother-of-two on Tuesday, after Loughlin and her husband we named among 14 other parents who were indicted on an additional charge of money laundering conspiracy.

Loughlin became known for her role as Aunt Becky in the television sitcom "Full House".

A new superseding indictment unsealed last Tuesday alleges that Loughlin, 54, and Giannulli, 55, disguised their bribes to the ringleader of the scam as donations to fund programs for "disadvantaged youth".

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Loughlin and Giannulli face up to 40 years in prison each, but federal sentencing guidelines are closer to a five year sentence. Prosecutors say she and Giannulli paid $500,000 to a fake charity to get their two daughters accepted into the University of Southern California, falsely designating them as crew recruits.

The criminal complaint against Giannulli and Loughlin includes evidence from a cooperating witness, emails, bank records and a recorded phone call with each parent.

Thirty-three wealthy parents were charged in what authorities have called the biggest college admissions case ever prosecuted by the Justice Department. Huffman is scheduled to appear in a Boston court on May 21 to enter her plea.

"She is very concerned about what a guilty plea would do to her daughters, who may not have grasped everything that was going on."

She continued, "I want to apologize to them and, especially, I want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices to support their children and do so honestly". Their daughters have not returned to school since news broke.

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