Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are pleading not guilty to charges they took part in the college admissions bribery scam, according to court documents filed Monday.
Loughlin and Giannulli said they are waiving their right to appear in Boston federal court for their arraignment and plead not guilty to the two charges against them. According to The Associated Press, the judge has to approve their request for a waiver to appear.
The couple is charged with paying $500,000 in bribes to get their daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabelle Rose, admitted to the University of Southern California as crew recruits, even though neither is a rower. Olivia had a bourgeoning beauty blogger career that was halted once news of the scandal came out, with Sephora and Tresemmé both ending their partnerships with the 19-year-old YouTuber.
Loughlin, who you know better as Aunt Becky from Full House, and Giannulli haven’t publicly addressed the allegations against them and Loughlin has been criticized for appearing at court hearings with a smile on her face.
Loughlin and her husband are among 50 people charged in the nationwide scam, which is the biggest college admissions case ever prosecuted by the U.S. Justice Department and saw wealthy parents allegedly go to extreme lengths to secure their kids a coveted spot at elite American universities.
The couple, and more than a dozen other parents, were hit last week with a money laundering conspiracy charge on top of the mail fraud conspiracy charge they were already facing. Several other indicted parents have also filed court documents entering not guilty pleas.
Felicity Huffman, and 12 other parents, have opted to plead guilty with Huffman saying she plans to take full responsibility for her actions and expressed “regret and shame.” Huffman is scheduled to appear in Boston on May 21 to enter her plea.
Rick Singer, the consultant at the centre of the scheme, pleaded guilty to charges including racketeering conspiracy on March 12, the same day the allegations against the parents and coaches were made public in the Operations Varsity Blues investigation.
With files from AP