Lori Loughlin Pleads Not Guilty to New Bribery Charges

Lori Loughlin is maintaining her innocence in the college admissions scandal.

According to Us Weekly on Friday, the “Fuller House” actress will plead not guilty to new bribery charges against her and husband Mossimo Giannulli.

Last month, United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling announced the married couple, along with nine other defendants, “conspired to commit federal program bribery by bribing employees of the University of Southern California (USC) to facilitate their children’s admission.”

The prosecutor added, “In exchange for the bribes, employees of the university allegedly designated the defendants’ children as athletic recruits — with little or no regard for their athletic abilities — or as members of other favored admissions categories.”

Back in April, Loughlin and Giannulli also pleaded not guilty to fraud and money laundering conspiracy charges regarding allegations they paid $500,000 to get their daughters, Bella, 21, and Olivia Jade, 20, into the private university as crew recruits.

In October, the USC registrar told Us Weekly the two young women are no longer undergraduates, revealing, “Olivia Jade Giannulli and Isabella Rose Giannulli are not currently enrolled. We are unable to provide additional information because of student privacy laws.”

Felicity Huffman was also charged in “Operation Varsity Blues,” and was released from jail October 25 after pleading guilty to honest services fraud.

The “Desperate Housewives” star — who was accused of bribing a proctor $15,000 to redo daughter Sophia’s SAT test — must also complete 250 hours of community service and a year of supervised release, and pay a $30,000 fine.


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