- Lori Loughlin’s attorneys believe she and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, could be acquitted of all charges in the college admissions scandal, a source close to the actress told PEOPLE.
- Prosecutors say Loughlin and Giannulli paid $US500,000 to guarantee their daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella, would be admitted into the University of Southern California.
- Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, pleaded not guilty last month. It was previously reported that they plan to argue they had no idea how the scheme worked.
- PEOPLE’s source said Loughlin believes she has a valid defence against the charges she faces.
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The insider said Loughlin wants to “move forward, which she can’t do until the it goes to trial.”
Loughlin does, however, believe that she has a valid defence against the charges she faces, according to the source.
“The more that [the attorneys] look at the alleged evidence against them, the better they feel about the case,” the source told PEOPLE. “Everyone is feeling more and more confident that this could end well for them.”
Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, pleaded not guilty last month in the college admissions scandal.
They have been charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud, as well as conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Prosecutors said in a criminal complaint filed in March that Loughlin and Giannulli paid the college admissions scandal ringleader, William “Rick” Singer, $US500,000 to guarantee their daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella, would be admitted into the University of Southern California.
As part of the scheme, prosecutors said Olivia Jade and Isabella were admitted as recruits for the school’s rowing team, despite never competing in the sport.
It was previously reported that Loughlin and Giannulli plan to argue they had no idea how Singer’s scheme worked.
A source told People magazine in April that Loughlin believed she didn’t do anything illegal, and “hadn’t done anything that any mum wouldn’t have done.”
She and Giannulli face up to 40 years in prison if they’re convicted on all charges.
Loughlin’s lawyers didn’t immediately respond to INSIDER’s request for comment.
The investigation into the college admissions scandal is still ongoing, and prosecutors told INSIDER that more people could be charged in the scheme.
Three students have been sent target letters informing them they’re being investigated.
While prosecutors have not named the three students, the Los Angeles Times reported that Olivia Jane Giannulli and Isabella Giannulli did not receive letters.
The Times also reported that Yusi Zhao, the daughter of a family who reportedly paid $US6.5 million in the scheme, did receive a letter.
The recipients of the remaining two letters remains unclear. INSIDER has contacted prosecutors in the US Attorney’s Office, District of Massachusetts, for more information.
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