Lori Loughlin believes she did what any mother would have done in the college-admissions scandal, report says


Lori Loughlin, who has been charged in the college-admissions scandal, doesn’t think she did “anything that any mum wouldn’t have done,” an insider told People magazine on Thursday.

Loughlin has not taken a plea deal in the case, in which she and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are accused of paying $US500,000 to guarantee their daughters’ admission to the University of Southern California by having them pose as crew athletes.

A source close to Loughlin told People that the actress thought her behaviour “wasn’t egregious” and that she “didn’t see it as being a legal violation.”

“From the beginning, she didn’t want to take a deal, because she felt that she hadn’t done anything that any mum wouldn’t have done, if they had the means to do so,” the source said. “So this wasn’t her being obstinate; this was her truly not understanding the seriousness of the allegations.”

Loughlin and Giannulli were among the 50 people indicted by the US attorney’s office in Massachusetts last month in connection with the college-admissions scandal, charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.

On Tuesday, they were charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering.


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Lori Loughlin reportedly thought the DA was bluffing and turned down a plea deal in the college admissions scandal because she didn’t want to face jail time

More than a dozen people, including the actress Felicity Huffman, have pleaded guilty in the case.

An insider told E! News this week that Loughlin hadn’t taken a plea deal because she is in “complete denial.”

“She refused to accept any jail time and thought the DA was bluffing. She was adamant she wouldn’t do any jail time,” the insider said, likely referring to the US attorney’s office; because it’s a federal case, there is no district attorney involved.

Loughlin and Giannulli could face up to 40 years in prison if convicted, though a maximum sentence is unlikely.

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