Actress Lori Loughlin, husband Mossimo Giannulli, and at least seven other parents facing felony charges in connection with the college entrance scam are asking a judge to accept not guilty pleas and to allow them to skip their arraignments in Boston's federal court.
Among the accused parents who were his clients, 13 agreed last week to plead guilty to conspiring to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, prosecutors say.
Meanwhile, Loughlin, along with her husband Mossimo Giannulli (the founder of Mossimo clothing), allegedly paid $500,000 to have their 2 daughters designated as recruits for the USC crew team, despite the fact that they did not actually participate in crew. Other prominent parents were indicted on similar charges.
"Ms. Loughlin and her counsel affirm that Ms. Loughlin has received a copy of the (indictment) and that Mr. Loughlin pleads NOT GUILTY to each of the charges against her", the two-paragraph document reads.
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Lori Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli have officially said "no way, Jose" to a plea deal.
The scandal embroiled elite universities across the country and laid bare the lengths to which status-seeking parents will go to secure their children a coveted spot. Prosecutors say some of the parents facilitated cheating on the SATs and ACTs on behalf of their children, and some parents bribed college coaches to smooth their children's path into college. He pleaded guilty in March to charges of racketeering conspiracy, money laundering, tax conspiracy and obstruction of justice. They face potential sentences ranging from a few months to a few years.
Huffman apologized for taking part in the scheme, saying in a statement that she accepts full responsibility for her actions and "will accept the consequences that stem from those actions". Fellow actress Felicity Huffman, who starred in the drama Desperate Housewives and 12 other parents have agreed to plead guilty. Meanwhile, fellow celeb/college scammer Felicity Huffman made a decision to take the plea deal on Monday, and is facing way less severe sentencing.
"I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and the educational community".