Lori Loughlin Pleads Not Guilty After Indictment for College Bribery Scheme

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Lori Loughlin pleads not guilty in her first response to the college admissions scam

Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, have officially entered please of "not guilty" in their college admissions scandal case.

"She probably should have taken the deal, but at the time, she didn't really realize how serious the charges were."
They add, "from the beginning, she didn't want to take a deal, because she felt that she hadn't done anything that any mom wouldn't have done, if they had the means to do so". Prosecutors have said they will seek between 33 to 41 months in prison for Mark Riddell, a Harvard graduate oversaw college entrance exam preparation at IMG Academy.

Singer has pleaded guilty and is cooperating with investigators. "That's all they can do".

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The couple and more than a dozen other parents were hit last week with money laundering conspiracy charges on top of the mail fraud conspiracy charges they were already facing.

All that aside, it's impossible to not compare Loughlin's legal plight with that of actress Felicity Huffman, who's the other famous face implicated in the college admissions scandal.

They haven't publicly addressed the allegations against them.

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The additional charge followed reports that Loughlin had turned down a plea deal, further fueling public criticism. Other prominent parents were indicted on similar charges. Altogether, it's been reported that investigators uncovered about $25 million in bribes.

The couple are accused of allegedly paying $500,000 as a bribe to the University of Southern California crew coach to secure their daughters admission to the school. Giannulli even sent Rick Singer, the mastermind of the scheme, an "action picture" of each of his daughters on ergometers, the rowing machines, according to the criminal complaint. "She was adamant she wouldn't do any jail time". If that wasn't enough, the paid proctor agreed to secretly correct her answers afterward, which led to a score that was 400 points over her PSAT.

The criminal complaint against Giannulli and Loughlin includes evidence from a cooperating witness, emails, bank records and a recorded phone call with each parent. In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors said they will recommend incarceration at the "low end" of the sentencing range and will not bring further charges against her.

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