In their first response to the college admissions cheating scandal, actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli have pleaded not guilty to two conspiracy charges in the college admissions scandal – conspiracy to commit fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
They also waived their right to appear in court for an arraignment on a money laundering charge, according to documents filed in federal court on Monday, April 15.
They allegedly paid $500,000 to get their daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose, into the University of Southern California (USC) as recruits of the crew team, even though the women did not play the sport. If convicted, Loughlin and Giannulli could face up to 40 years in prison – a maximum of 20 years for each of the charges (conspiracy to commit fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering).
Actress Felicity Huffman, who is also involved in the cheating scandal, has already copped a plea and faces a minimum of 4 months in prison. As for the disparity, according to TMZ.com, it’s all based on the amount of money the parents paid. Felicity paid $15,000 to have her daughter’s SAT test rigged.
The scandal has affected the career of Loughlin and her daughter Olivia Jade, a social media influencer. Loughlin was dropped by the Hallmark Channel and other brands in the wake of last month’s charges, and Sephora also ended a makeup partnership with Olivia Jade.
Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose are also in a state of limbo with USC. Their case is under review and the women aren’t allowed to register nor withdraw from classes or obtain a copy of their transcripts until the review is complete.