Lori Loughlin Pleads Not Guilty in College Admissions Scandal

Lewis Collier
April 15, 2019

Prosecutors say she and Giannulli paid $500,000 to a fake charity to get her two daughters accepted into the University of Southern California, falsely designating them as crew recruits.

Loughlin, best known for her role as Aunt Becky on the ABC sitcom "Full House", and Massimo were already charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud along with 35 other parents, including actress Felicity Huffman.

According to documents obtained by CBS News, Loughlin and Giannulli each waived their right to appear in court for an arraignment and pleaded not guilty to each of the charges brought against them. 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.

Their daughter, Olivia Jade Giannulli - a social media star who has a popular YouTube channel - was dropped from deals with cosmetics retailer Sephora and hair products company TRESemme after her parents' arrest.

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And things got worse for the mother-of-two on Tuesday, after Loughlin and her husband we named among 14 other parents who were indicted on an additional charge of money laundering conspiracy.

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. They now face up to 20 years in prison for each charge against them.

On March 12, the U.S. Attorney's Office in MA announced that it had charged 50 people, including Loughlin and fellow actress Felicity Huffman, in the cheating scandal. Huffman is scheduled to appear in Boston on May 21 to enter her plea. 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.

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