Lori Loughlin, who plays the role of Aunt Becky on ‘Fuller House’ and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulo both pleaded not guilty in federal court on Monday. The two have been in headlines recently due to a college entrance scam.
The couple chose to waive their rights to appear in court for an arraignment. Last week, Federal prosecutors were able to announce that there were going to be additional charges against 14 wealthy parents, including Loughlin and Giannulli. The charges include one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, also honest-services mail and wire fraud. The other charge is one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.
According to recent reports, Lori Loughlin and husband were paying bribes to a college. The bribes were in the amount of $500,000 for their daughters to attend the University of Southern California. College admissions consultant William “Rick” Singer, was helping the couple arrange the bribes.
Lori Loughlin and Husband Enter Not Guilty Pleas In Federal Court
Reports from the Justice Department was saying that in 2016 and 2017, the couple was making payments Employee of the school. Those receiving the payments were Donna Heinel, the Associate Athletic Director at USC and to Key Worldwide Foundation.
According to the Justice Department’s report, Singer was able to inform Lori Loughlin that Key Worldwide Foundation was being audited by the IRS. The call from Singer to Loughlin came in around November 29, 2018. The IRS was asking about two payments made the Giannullis of $200,000. He was informing them that they were more likely going to receive a call and not to mention his name.
Olivia Jade Giannulli, one of the daughters in question, is a beauty vlogger. She has almost 2 million subscribers. Following the arrest of her parents, Sephora and TRESemmé chose to end their deals with her.
Other parents involved with the scam, such as actress Felicity Huffman, announced last week that they were going to be entering guilty pleas. Their charges include one single charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest-services mail fraud.