Lori Loughlin, best known for playing Aunt Becky on Full House, has pleaded not guilty in a major college admissions scandal.
Per Variety, the actress and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, decided to forego a guilty plea and will instead be fighting charges for allegedly paying a $500,000 bribe to ensure their two daughters would get onto the University of Southern California’s crew team, and a single felony count of mail fraud. Last week, Loughlin and 16 others tied to the case were indicted with charges of money laundering.
Several others charged in this widespread scandal have decided to plead guilty, including actress Felicity Huffman. For her part in the scandal, Huffman said “I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done, I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those actions.”
News broke in March that nearly 50 individuals, including 33 parents, nine college coaches, two SAT/ACT administrators, one exam proctor and one college administrator, were involved in a nationwide fraud that involved partents allegedly paying a fake college prep organization led by William Singer. The FBI’s investigation into the case was code-named Operation Varsity Blues.
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