On Monday, The New York Times reported that according to court filings, Lori Loughlin is pleading not guilty in the college admissions scam.
The case came to light in March, when the FBI released charges against numerous of wealthy parents, including actresses and CEOs, who had allegedly paid bribes ranging from under $10,000 to $6 million in order to get their children into prestigious colleges. Loughlin, one of the most well known defendants, was charged with conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud along with her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli. The two of them are alleged to have paid $500,000 to get their daughters into the University of Southern California as future members of the rowing team, despite the fact that neither of the girls was actually a rower.
Even after many of the other defendants targeted in what the FBI referred to as "Operation Varsity Blues" entered guilty pleas, Loughlin and Giannulli opted not to, despite the fact that it came with risk of a higher sentence in terms of both fines and potential jail time.
According to The New York Times, Loughlin declined to come to court for her arraignment, and she has still not given a public statement about the charges against her.
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