Actress Lori Loughlin, Mossimo Giannulli plead not guilty in college scam

Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli wearing green tie at left leave the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse in Boston

Loughlin and Giannulli have been accused of paying $500,000 to have their daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose designated as recruits for the USC crew team, despite the fact that neither had ever played the sport.

Loughlin, best known for her role as Aunt Becky on the ABC sitcom "Full House", and Massimo were already charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud along with 35 other parents, including actress Felicity Huffman.

They also waived their right to appear in court for arraignment on the second superseding indictment, according to the signed document. The judge must approve their request for a waiver to appear.

In all, 33 parents have been charged in the college admissions scandal. After their older daughter was admitted to USC, authorities say Giannulli, whose Mossimo clothing had always been a Target brand until recently, sent Singer an e-mail with the subject line "Trojan happiness", thanking him for his "efforts and end result!" Their 19-year-old daughter, Olivia Jade, is a social media influencer, who apparently capitalized on her experience at USC with sponsored posts. So that is something that has understandably made her less likely to enter a plea, ' the unnamed person told People.

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.

According to the AP, several other of the indicted parents have also entered not guilty pleas.

On March 12, the U.S. Attorney's Office in MA announced that it had charged 50 people, including Loughlin and fellow actress Felicity Huffman, in the cheating scandal. The fraud-conspiracy charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and substantial fines. The two actresses, along with coaches, admissions counselors and parents were accused of such alleged crimes as falsifying SAT scores and lying about the athletic skills of their children.

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