- Actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, have not entered plea deals as part of the college admission scandal.
- They were reportedly offered a deal on Tuesday, before being charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering.
- But the couple reportedly turned down the deal because they don’t want to face jail time.
- An unnamed source told E! that Loughlin and her husband turned down the deal because Loughlin thought the district attorney was bluffing.
- They have now been charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering and face up to 20 years in prison for each charge.
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Actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, have not entered plea agreements in the college admissions scandal reportedly because they don’t want to take a deal that would result in jail time.
Loughlin and Giannulli were indicted on conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud charges last month, and charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering on Tuesday.
Before the new charge was filed on Tuesday, Loughlin and Giannulli were offered plea deals that would have given them at least two years in prison each, according to TMZ. An insider told People magazine that the couple turned the offer down because they didn’t want to face jail time.
Now they face up to 20 years in prison for each charge.
“They weren’t ready to accept that. They’re really not seeing how serious this is,” a source reportedly familiar with the case told People. “They decided to roll the dice, and it may have been a bad gamble. Now they’re in worse shape than before.”
“She has been in complete denial and thought maybe she could skate by,” E!’s source said. “She refused to accept any jail time and thought the DA was bluffing. She was adamant she wouldn’t do any jail time.”
Because the case is a federal case, there is no DA – or district attorney – involved, and Loughlin was likely referencing the US Attorney’s Office.
The insider said Loughlin is “finally realising just how serious this is” and “freaking out” about potentially having to do jail time.
While other parents indicted as part of the scandal – in which they’re accused of paying up to $US6.5 million to get their children into top universities – have pleaded guilty, Loughlin and Giannulli are among several defendants who are fighting the charges.
Loughlin and Giannulli are accused of paying the scheme’s alleged ringleader, William “Rick” Singer, $US500,000 to guarantee their daughters spots at the University of Southern California.
In total, 17 people have pleaded guilty as part of the “Operation Varsity Blues” college admissions scandal, according to the Department of Justice. The department charged 50 people in March for allegedly participating in the scheme.
While no students were charged in the scandal, Stanford University has expelled a student linked to the scheme, and Yale University has rescinded the admission of one prospective student.
- Read more about the college admissions scandal:
- Lori Loughlin and her husband were offered a plea deal with a minimum of 2 years in prison, according to TMZ
- Stanford University has expelled a student linked to the fake charity at the center of the college admissions scandal
- Here’s the full list of people charged in the college admissions cheating scandal, and who has pleaded guilty so far
- Felicity Huffman and 13 other defendants have pleaded guilty in the college-admissions scandal
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