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Lori Loughlin Will Plead Not Guilty to College Scam Charges

Lori Loughlin.
Lori Loughlin. Photo: SCOTT EISEN/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Full House actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion-designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, will be pleading not guilty to charges stemming from their alleged participation in the widespread college admissions scam, ABC News reports. Loughlin and Giannulli are reportedly seeking to waive their right to appear in court to enter their pleas.

Loughlin and Giannulli were indicted last week for conspiracy to commit money laundering, new charges that People reported at the time was filed after the couple refused to take a plea deal. Afterward, according to E! News, Loughlin was apparently “freaking out” as she started to realize the severity of the situation.

Loughlin and Giannulli were initially charged last month with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud after allegedly paying fraudster William “Rick” Singer $500,000 to get their two daughters, including influencer Olivia Jade, into the University of Southern California. Actress Felicity Huffman and 13 other defendants agreed to plead guilty for their participation in the scheme.

TMZ reported last week that prosecutors will only accept plea deals that include prison time, but People noted that Loughlin and Giannulli resisted agreements that came with jail time. But then things got more serious: The U.S. Attorney’s office announced on Tuesday that Loughlin and Giannulli were among 16 parents indicted on additional charges, including conspiring to launder bribes and other payments for the scheme.

A source told E! News last week that Loughlin had been in “denial” and thought she could “skate by” without getting jail time. The source added, “She is seeing the light that she will do jail time and is freaking out.”

This post has been updated.

Lori Loughlin Will Plead Not Guilty to College Scam Charges