Getty Images Lori Loughlin pleads not guilty in college admissions scam

Brunilde Fioravanti
Апреля 15, 2019

Hallmark's When Calls The Heart has had to jump through some hoops to figure things out during Lori Loughlin's scandal, but it appears the actress' latest legal woes won't affect the show's future.

Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli requested the court enter a plea of not guilty to each charge against them in the college admissions scandal, according to a federal court filing entered Monday.

At least seven other parents under indictment for allegedly paying thousands to scam mastermind William "Rick" Singer have filed similar electronic not guilty pleas along with their planned waiver of appearance at arraignment.

Loughlin, 54, and Giannulli agreed with Singer to pay $500,000 to have their two daughters named as recruits to USC's crew team, prosecutors said, even though they did not row competitively, to help them gain admission.

But those who did not plead guilty, including Loughlin and 15 other parents, were charged a day later with a count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.

The criminal complaint against Giannulli and Loughlin includes evidence from a cooperating witness, emails, bank records and a recorded phone call with each parent.

The couple are among 33 charged in the widespread scam, in which parent were accused of using their wealth to get their children into elite colleges.

Manny Medrano, a defense attorney and former federal prosecutor, said that based on 2019 federal sentencing guidelines, Huffman likely will face four to 10 months in prison as part of 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". Singer then allegedly facilitated cheating on Huffman's daughter's SAT test by having a proctor correct the teen's answers after the fact.

Fellow actress Felicity Huffman and 12 other parents have agreed to plead guilty.

"My daughter knew absolutely nothing about my actions, and in my misguided and profoundly wrong way, I have betrayed her", she said.

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