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Lori Loughlin Pleads Not Guilty in College Admission Scandal

Lori Loughlin Pleads Not Guilty in College Admission Scandal”

Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, have pleaded not guilty in the college admissions bribery scandal.

The not guilty pleas were contained in papers filed in Boston federal court Monday.

The couple and more than a dozen other parents were indicted last week on charges of mail fraud and money laundering conspiracy.

A new superseding indictment unsealed last Tuesday alleges that Loughlin, 54, and Giannulli, 55, disguised their bribes to the ringleader of the scam as donations to fund programs for "disadvantaged youth". He added, "I'm also thrilled to announce When Calls The Hearts season 7 coming next year!"

Actress Felicity Huffman entered a guilty plea April 8 and faces at least four months in prison.

Loughlin, meanwhile, allegedly wanted her daughters to get into the University of Southern California so badly that she and Giannulli paid approximately $500,000 in bribes to falsely designate their daughters as recruits to the USC crew team - despite the fact that they did not participate in crew.

Federal agents obtained emails from Loughlin and a recorded conversation in which Loughlin and Giannulli implicated themselves in the scam, according to the documents. Huffman is scheduled to appear in a Boston court on May 21 to enter her plea.

"They chose to roll the dice", the legal source told PEOPLE last week about their decision to reject the plea deal, "and it may have been a bad gamble".

In all, the "Varsity Blues" investigation overseen by Massachusetts US Attorney Andrew Lelling ensnared some 50 people who allegedly paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to Singer, who choreographed fake athletic resumes, doctored SAT scores, and sometimes had his staff take courses for children whose academic performance was keeping them out of elite schools.

According to a report from Fox News, Lori Loughlin's role on When Calls The Heart isn't important enough for the show to stop.

"I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and the educational community", Huffman said.

In all, 33 parents have been charged in the college admissions scandal.



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