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Lori Loughlin And Husband Plead Not Guilty To Felony Charges In College Admissions Scam

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The latest update in the ongoing college admissions scam saga is a fairly surprising one, as actress Lori Loughlin and her husband have apparently decided to fight the charges against them.

People confirms that Lori and her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, have entered not guilty pleas in the case against them. A legal source revealed that they both pleaded not guilty to both charges they are facing: one charge of mail fraud and one charge of money laundering.

According to previous reports, Lori and Mossimo were offered a plea deal initially, but they opted to reject it because they didn’t want to spend any amount of time in jail (as the plea deal would have included jail time).

Per Page Six, the couple is now facing as many as 40 years behind bars if convicted (20 years for each of the two charges). According to the case against them, the two conspired to scam their daughters’ way into the University of Southern California, allegedly paying college adviser Rick Singer $500,000 to get their kids into the school as fake crew team recruits.

Of course, Lori isn’t the only famous mom wrapped up in this scandal. Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman was also implicated in the admissions scam, though she (along with 12 other parents involved) opted to take a plea deal. Felicity pleaded guilty in accordance with the deal and issued a lengthy admission of guilt last week.

For more on the case and what this means for Lori going forward, watch the video.

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