Lori Loughlin, Mossimo Giannulli plead not guilty in college bribery scandal

Lori Loughlin, Mossimo Giannulli plead not guilty in college bribery scandal

Loughlin and Giannulli have been accused of paying a total of $500,000 in bribe to secure their daughters' admissions into the University of Southern California as competitive rowing recruits.

Loughlin, 54, and Giannulli, 55, could each get a maximum 20-year prison sentence if convicted.

Actress Lori Loughlin, her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli and other prominent parents are pleading not guilty in the college admissions bribery scam. 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.

According to a source, the public's perception of the scam is 'nothing compared to what her daughters think of her. Huffman is scheduled to appear in Boston on May 21 to enter her plea.

Prosecutors added a money laundering conspiracy charge against Loughlin, Giannulli and more than a dozen other parents who are still fighting the case, increasing the pressure on them to plead guilty.

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The younger of the two daughters and YouTube star Olivia is said to be "barely speaking" to either of her parents in the scandal's wake, previous reports have suggested.

Fellow actress Felicity Huffman, who starred in ABC's "Desperate Housewives" and 12 other parents announced last week that they have agreed to plead guilty to a single charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

The couple was previously offered a plea agreement, but ultimately made a decision to reject the deal because they didn't want to spend time in jail, the source told PEOPLE last week.

Loughlin's not guilty plea to charges of conspiracy to commit fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering is her first substantive response in the case.

The full gravity of the situation is now slowly sinking in for Loughlin, the source claims. Was it entitled and perhaps selfish? Hallmark hasn't hinted to which direction it's leaning, but with the way it's aggressively scrubbing Loughlin from episodes, one of those two things will likely happen.