Published: Mon, April 15, 2019
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Actress Lori Loughlin pleads not guilty in college admissions case

Actress Lori Loughlin pleads not guilty in college admissions case

The Hallmark Channel dropped Lori after she and her husband Mossimo Giannulli, a fashion designer, were accused of paying $500,000 to get their two daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella, into the University of Southern California on fake crew team scholarships.

Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband intend to plead not guilty to charges stemming from a nationwide college entrance cheating scandal, but don't want to travel all the way to Boston to do so, according to court documents filed Monday. The judge granted their requests not to appear.

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Loughlin and Giannulli appeared in federal court in Boston two weeks ago, but they had not publicly indicated how they plan to plea until now. They are accused of paying admissions consultant Rick Singer to rig standardized test scores and bribe college coaches and other insiders to get their children into selective schools. Their 19-year-old daughter, Olivia Jade, is a social media influencer, who apparently capitalized on her experience at USC with sponsored posts.

Huffman has agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, saying, "I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done, I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those actions".

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Court documents show at least eight others in addition to Loughlin and Giannulli have filed pleas of not guilty in recent days: Gamal Abdelaziz, of Las Vegas; I-Hsin "Joey" Chen, of Newport Beach, Calif.; Amy Colburn and Gregory Colburn, of Palo Alto, Calif.; Michelle Janavs, of Newport Coast, Calif.; Elisabeth Kimmel, of Las Vegas; David Sidoo, of Vancouver, Canada; and Robert Zangrillo, of Miami.

The scandal arose on March 12 when the US Attorney's Office announced that 50 people - including Loughlin, Giannulli and actress Felicity Huffman - had allegedly involved in the cheating scandal. They face potential sentences ranging from a few months to a few years.

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"She is very concerned about what a guilty plea would do to her daughters, who may not have grasped everything that was going on."

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