Several other parents charged alongside Loughlin and Giannulli also filed papers seeking to waive appearing at an arraignment and have not guilty pleas entered for them. Prosecutors say she and Giannulli paid $500,000 to a fake charity to get their two daughters accepted into the University of Southern California, falsely designating them as crew recruits.
The parents are accused of paying Rick Singer, an admissions adviser, get their children admitted at such elite schools like Yale and Georgetown as athletic spouses and to cheat in their kids' college entrance examinations. While referring to Loughlin's most famous character, Rebecca Donaldson Katsopolis on Full House, they added, "She must believe a jury will see an innocent Aunt Becky and not a guilty Lori Loughlin".
Loughlin was previously free on $1 million bail for charges she faced last month in the college admissions scheme.
"My daughter knew absolutely nothing about my actions, and in my misguided and profoundly wrong way, I have betrayed her", she said.
Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli, wearing green tie at left, leave the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse in Boston on April 3, 2019. "We came to understand that this is a procedure that is sometimes used by people and I never had an intent to defraud...' If that's convincing, then she would have a defensible crime".
Levenson said Singer's guilty plea could be used as leverage to have Singer testify as a witness against parents going to trial. Gregory Abbott, a New York City food and beverage distribution mogul who moonlights as an erotic novel writer, also pled guilty.
As you may or may not recall, Operation Varsity Blues was a bombshell federal investigation that revealed a rampant college admissions bribery scam that implicated both Loughlin and Huffman. Prosecutors recommended Huffman serve four to six months, and her case is different for a couple reasons.
Their charges of money laundering and bank fraud carry a penalty of up to 40 years in prison.
The source goes on to emphasize that Lori didn't understand how serious her actions were.