Where is lori loughlin?

  • Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, were charged in the nationwide college admissions scandal in March 2019.
  • Prosecutors alleged that the pair paid $500,000 to William “Rick” Singer so that their two daughters – Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose — could pose as University of Southern California crew recruits to ensure their admission into the college.
  • Since then, Lori and Mossimo have rejected a plea deal and been slapped with additional charges that could result in up to 50 years behind bars. They’ve also accused prosecutors of concealing evidence.
  • Here’s what Lori has been up to the past few months.

It’s been months since Lori Loughlin and 50 others were charged in the massive nationwide college admissions cheating scandal.

Back in March, prosecutors claimed Lori and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, paid $500,000 in bribes to scammer William “Rick” Singer to get their daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose, recruited to the University of Southern California crew team so that they could get into the college.

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In response to the charges, Lori and Mossimo pleaded not guilty and rejected a plea deal, because it included jail time. Shortly after, they were also given additional charges of money laundering and conspiracy, which, if convicted, could mean up to 40 years behind bars for the couple.

Then, in October, Lori and Mossimo were slapped with an additional bribery claim from the office of the U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts. The new charge could potentially add another decade onto their prison sentence if the couple is found guilty, according to Deadline.

A grand jury in Boston alleges that the couple and nine other parents committed federal program bribery by “bribing the employees of U.S.C. to facilitate their children’s admission.”

“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,” the release stated.

The charges were applied only to parents who have not opted to plead guilty to the initial indictment, per ABC News. In November, the couple decided to challenge the expanded charges, meaning lawyers for Lori and Mossimo entered not guilty pleas on their behalf, according to AP News.

What’s more, a month later, lawyers representing the couple claimed that federal prosecutors were concealing evidence related to the scandal, NBC News reported. Specifically, a December filing alleged that prosecutors refused to turn over exculpatory evidence that supposedly shows that Lori and Mossimo were giving their payments to William and the U.S.C. athletic department to be used for “legitimate, university-approved purposes — or to other legitimate charitable causes.” The U.S. attorney’s office in Massachusetts declined to speak to the outlet on the matter.

Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, arrive at the courthouse in Boston on April 3, 2019. Getty

Over the past few months, Lori and Mossimo have avoided making notable public appearances. They were last seen on August 27 while at the John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse in Boston, Massachusetts, for a hearing. Unlike Lori’s previous visit to court, where she was seen signing autographs on the courthouse steps, Lori and Mossimo slipped in through the back door.

Lori (center) and her husband, Mossimo (behind her on the right) walk out of the courthouse in Boston. Boston Globe

Looking ahead, their upcoming trial is estimated to take place in early 2020. According to US Weekly, the couple believes they will be “exonerated” and have been “actively engaged in their defense.”

As People reported, Lori’s life is looking much different nowadays. In the wake of the scandal, she was dropped from all her Hallmark Channel projects, including her role playing Abigail on When Calls the Heart. In addition, she is not coming back for the fifth and final season of Netflix’s Fuller House.

When it comes to Lori’s family life though, it seems like her daughters are both on their mom’s side. On Lori’s 55th birthday on July 28, Bella shared a photo with her mom to mark the occasion. One day later, Olivia also posted a picture of herself and Lori, and said, “I love you so much.”

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Olivia in particular shut down outlets quoting “sources” that alleged there were problems in their family amid the news.

In light of the allegations against Lori and Mossimo though, Olivia has lost social media partnerships with Sephora, TRESemmé, and Estée Lauder. Both Olivia and Bella have since left U.S.C., according to reports.

On December 1, Olivia posted her first YouTube video since the scandal emerged. In the clip, she explained that she’s not “legally allowed to speak on anything going on right now.”

“There’s no point in me just talking for 10 minutes to the camera about how I wish I can say something when I really can’t, so I’m going to leave it at that,” Olivia explained, adding that she wants to move on with her life and “take smaller steps in the right direction.”

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Is everyone having a good summer? Are we all writing our kicky out-of-office replies and packing our suitcases full of fabrics that breathe? Are we making it to the beach, where we take in the salty air and say aloud despite ourselves, and not without a little embarrassment, “Ah, this is the stuff?” But it is the stuff. Summers are when, historically, the cold clutch of responsibility eases ever so slightly.

Lori Loughlin gets it. According to an anonymous source speaking to Entertainment Tonight, the former Hallmark Channel actor and current defendant in the court of public opinion (as well as actual court) is making a go at just living her life—living her life despite the interminable college-admissions scandal of which she’s become a kind of figurehead. Though the actor “still feels it’s a huge misunderstanding,” Loughlin has come to realize that she may be facing some time behind bars by the end of summer, or maybe by the end of this winter. (The legal system moves at the pace it moves, you know.)

“People keep giving Lori a hard time for being out and about and looking carefree, but she realizes that she might end up in prison, and this might just be her last months of freedom for some time,” this person told E.T. on Friday. “She is trying to live a normal everyday life and to take this time to stay strong, but it isn’t easy. Lori doesn’t have the support she once had. She is feeling a ‘fall from grace’ having had a persona as a wholesome mom and now being seen as a pariah.”

You remember what happened. Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, allegedly funneled $400,000 total into a shell charity for admitted fraudster Rick Singer. In exchange Singer allegedly used his wiles and his connections to cast their two daughters, Isabella Rose and vlogger Olivia Jade, as crew coxswains ready to pull their weight on the team at the University of Southern California. (Neither of the girls were actually on crew teams.) Many of the other 30-odd parents who were wrapped up in Singer’s similar schemes have pleaded guilty. Loughlin and Giannulli pleaded not guilty. Now, as June became July, and the heat turns up in every way it can, she’s supposedly entertaining the idea that it was a mistake to turn down a deal with the feds. “She is watching the reduced sentences of those who have taken plea deals, and wondering each day if she’s made the wrong decision,” the source added.

Summer is a time for ambivalence too, I suppose. Days are long. There’s more time for turning things over and wishing we had done things differently last month, last year, last decade. Loughlin, for one, is stuck in this liminal place between conflict and resolution, and what’s a former Aunt Becky to do in the meantime? It’s hard to say exactly what because, despite this source‘s telling of the actor’s stiff upper lip, she hasn’t been seen out in public much. Gone are the cheery yoga outfits and pleasant refusals to comment on her situation. Gone are the smiles and autographs outside the courthouse. She’s taken her forced normalcy underground, it would seem. It’s all well and good. “Summer break” can mean something different for everyone.

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Actress Lori Loughlin and several other parents were hit with additional charges in the college cheating scandal Tuesday. The U.S. Attorney’s office said Loughlin, her husband and nine others are now accused of conspiring to commit federal program bribery, CBS Boston reported.

Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are now accused of bribing employees at the University of Southern California to get their children admitted. The additional bribery charge carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

Loughlin and Giannulli had already pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering.They have been determined to fight the charges from the start.

Another defendant, John Wilson, is now charged with two counts of substantive federal programs bribery. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said he tried to use bribes to get his children into Harvard and Stanford universities.

Lori Loughlin arrives at federal court in Boston on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. AP

Actress Felicity Huffman started serving her two-week sentence last week for her role in the admissions scam. She pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges and said in an apology that she’s “deeply ashamed” of her actions.

They’re part of the 33 parents originally accused in the biggest college admission scandal in U.S. history. Prosecutors have given a stern warning to the parents still fighting back: plead guilty or prepare to face new bribery charges — which could add years to a potential sentence.

Some accused coaches are now also facing the beefed up bribery charge — and that could add up to five more years to any potential sentence.

Carter Evans contributed to this report.

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Actress Lori Loughlin was a proud mom sending her oldest child off to college when she appeared on TODAY in 2017 alongside her daughter.

“I think I’m in complete denial,” she told Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb about her daughter Isabella, who was leaving for her freshman year of college that fall.

Lori Loughlin talks new show and her daughter going to college

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“When I think about it too much, it will make me cry.”

The FBI is now alleging that the “Fuller House” star and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, were part of a bribery scheme to get Isabella and their younger daughter, Olivia Jade, into USC.

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Isabella, who is currently a student at USC, said on TODAY in 2017 that she was looking to act in movies or TV.

“I just love all of it,” she said. “I’d be happy to do anything.”

She added that her mother had “helped me with so many auditions also, which is so nice.”

Court documents unsealed on Tuesday reveal that Loughlin is among 50 people, including fellow actress Felicity Huffman, who have been charged for allegedly taking part in a $25 million college entrance exam cheating scheme to get their children into top universities. It’s the largest college admissions prosecution by the Justice Department in history.

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“We believe everyone charged here today had a role in fostering a culture of corruption and greed that created an uneven playing field for students trying to get into these schools the right way through hard work, good grades and community service,” John Bonavolonta, FBI special agent in charge, said.

Elizabeth Much, a representative for Loughlin, told NBC News she had no comment.

The 10-month investigation alleges that Loughlin and Giannulli paid $500,000 to fake that their daughters were recruited athletes to the USC crew team to improve their chances of being accepted.

Loughlin’s younger daughter, YouTube star Olivia Jade, who also attends USC, drew backlash in August when she said in one of her videos that she didn’t care about college. The video received a host of comments calling her “privileged” and “spoiled.”

“I don’t know how much of school I’m gonna attend,” she said in the video. “But I’m gonna go in and talk to my deans and everyone, and hope that I can try and balance it all. But I do want the experience of, like, game days, partying … I don’t really care about school, as you guys all know.”

She then posted a video response two days later.

“I said something super ignorant and stupid, basically,” she said. “And it totally came across that I’m not grateful for college — I’m going to a really nice school. And it just kind of made it seem like I don’t care, I just want to brush it off, I’m just gonna be successful at YouTube and not have to worry about school. … I’m really disappointed in myself.”

Lori Loughlin was demanding her daughters do better academically in high school at the same time she was participating in a scheme to get them fraudulently admitted to the University of Southern California as crew recruits, prosecutors claim in new court documents.

A letter in a court filing on Dec. 13 in the federal college admissions scandal states that scheme mastermind Rick Singer told the FBI in an interview that the former “Full House” actress told daughters Isabella and Olivia to improve their standing at Marymount High School in Los Angeles.

A court filing claims that Lori Loughlin was telling her daughters Isabella (left) and Olivia (right) to do better in high school while also participating in a scheme to get them fraudulently admitted to USC. Paul Archuleta / FilmMagic

“Lori Loughlin was in charge and told the couple’s daughters that they needed to do better in high school,” U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling recounted Singer telling the FBI.

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Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, have pleaded not guilty to charges of bribery, fraud and money laundering for allegedly paying $500,000 to Singer to help their daughters get admitted into USC.

The Dec. 13 document came as a result of the couple’s attorneys claiming prosecutors refused to turn over evidence showing that Loughlin and Giannulli believed their $500,000 in payments to Singer were for legitimate purposes.

Olivia Jade, daughter of Lori Loughlin, breaks her silence

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Prosecutors responded with a letter summarizing the interviews conducted with Singer and others.

The letter also notes that Singer didn’t have to explain how the scheme would work with Olivia, 20, who is a popular YouTube personality, because Giannulli and Loughlin were familiar with it since they already used it to get their older daughter, Isabella, 21, into USC.

Singer also told Giannulli to speak to Philip Petrone, a college counselor at the all-girls high school, because he “could mess things up,” according to the letter. Petrone had begun asking questions about why Olivia was admitted to USC as a crew team recruit when she didn’t participate in crew, prosecutors said.

Lori Loughlin gushed over daughter’s entrance to college on ‘Today’

Two years before Lori Loughlin was charged with bribing her children’s way into college, she gushed about sending her oldest child off to school on the “Today” show and how she was “preparing” for her departure.

“So many parents watching I’m sure are going through this where they’re about to watch a child go off to college… are you preparing for it in any other way?” Hoda Kotb asked Loughlin as she sat beside her daughter Isabella whose grades were at or just below the “low end” of USC’s admission standards, court documents revealed Tuesday.

“I think I’m in complete denial, I really am because when I think about it too much it will make me cry so I gotta stop,” Loughlin said, fanning away crocodile tears.

“My husband keeps saying, ‘Lori you’re not gonna see her so just be prepared.’”

In a veiled “clap back” to the alleged fraudster, “Today” tweeted out the interview around 5 p.m. Tuesday shortly after news broke that Loughlin was planning to turn herself in on the fraud charges.

“See Lori Loughlin talk about sending her daughter to college in 2017 interview,” the tweet read.

Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli are among dozens of people accused of bribing their kids way into top colleges in a massive admissions scandal that was announced Tuesday morning.

The couple first got involved with the scheme in 2016 with their daughter Isabella, who appeared in the 2017 interview and discussed her hopes to study acting at the prestigious California school.

Court documents allege Isabella’s grades didn’t cut USC’s standards and Giannulli wanted her to get into a school “other than ,” so he enlisted the help of William Singer, who is accused of running the scam.

The dad allegedly sent a photo of Isabella on a rowing machine to smooth over the scheme to get her into USC as a crew coxswain even though she had never rowed competitively or even participated in the sport, court papers alleged.

Representatives from Loughlin and her husband haven’t responded to requests for comment.

Lori Loughlin, other parents in college admissions scandal face trial in 2020

Joey Garrison USA TODAY Published 8:14 PM EDT Oct 2, 2019

BOSTON – A federal judge Wednesday circled 2020 as the time frame for trials of parents, including actress Lori Loughlin, who are fighting charges in the nation’s college admissions scandal.

Federal Magistrate Judge Page Kelley announced the court’s preference at a status hearing for attorneys of the 19 parents who pleaded not guilty in the “Varsity Blues” admissions case.

It is unclear when the defendants will file a motion to dismiss their conspiracy charges, a move that is necessary before a more detailed schedule is set.

Defense attorneys for parents said they are poring over nearly 2 million pieces of evidence in 3 million pages, turned over by the federal government during the discovery process.

The judge gave them until Jan. 17, when the next status hearing is scheduled, to review the evidence, which includes emails, phone records and other documents. Their motion to dismiss will be due 45 to 60 days later.

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“We’ve only had four and a half months to go through 3 million pages,” said attorney Martin Weinberg, who represents Robert Zangrillo, a Miami developer among the parents charged in the case.

Kelley urged the attorneys to work together so they don’t duplicate efforts: “I know it’s very voluminous, but if we’re going to go to trial shortly after that, you need to have reviewed it.”

No defendants were present in court Tuesday. William Trach, Loughlin’s attorney, did not speak at the hearing and declined to comment afterward to USA TODAY.

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William “Rick” Singer, founder of the Edge College & Career Network, departs federal court in Boston after pleading guilty to charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal on March 12. Steven Senne, AP

Parents are accused of making bribe payments to the scheme’s mastermind, college consultant Rick Singer, to either tag their children as fake athletic recruits to get them into a college or have someone fix scores on their college entrance exams. The parents are charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and money laundering.

Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, are accused of paying $500,000 to Singer’s nonprofit group for their two daughters to be classified as crew recruits at the University of Southern California.

The parents’ cases will transfer to federal Judge Nathaniel Gorton, who Kelley said has a “strong preference” for a 2020 trial date. She said the case would probably be divided into multiple trials with certain defendants grouped together.

Coaches accused in the scandal could go to trial before parents. At a hearing Tuesday before the same magistrate, attorneys for five college coaches, a University of Southern California administrator and a test proctor who each pleaded not guilty to racketeering charges agreed to file their motion to dismiss by Oct. 15.

“We’re ready to go,” attorney Nina Marino, who represents Donna Heinel, former senior associate athletic director at the University of Southern California, said of the two-week deadline.

More developments: Former ACT/SAT test administrator flips, pleads guilty in college admissions scandal

Weinberg said attorneys for parents need to finish reviewing all the evidence so they can sufficiently counter one of the government’s central arguments – that parents were all co-conspirators in Singer’s scheme. He said the government is falsely trying to treat the college admissions case like a classic drug conspiracy in which associates of a dealer are, like spokes of a wheel, connected.

“We have an absolute lack of evidence of a rim,” Weinberg said. “I think I can make that argument better if I can examine the evidence.”

In another area of contention, defense attorneys said they want the government to disclose whether Singer will be called as a witness during trial. Singer pleaded guilty to four felonies and has been cooperating with prosecutors.

Brian Kelly, attorney for parent Gamal Abdelaziz, a Las Vegas casino operator accused in the case, said knowing whether Singer will be called to testify would help “expedite” their review of evidence because so much of it involves him.

The government agreed to disclose the names of expert witnesses 90 days before trial. Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Rosen told the judge that Singer is a fact witness in the case, not an expert witness.

“We’re still evaluating which witness to call, and he may or may not be a witness,” Rosen said.

Moving forward: Felicity Huffman is just the beginning: Who pleaded guilty in the college admissions scandal – and who’s fighting

In all, 52 people – parents, coaches and other Singer associates – have been charged with crimes in the college admissions scandal. Twenty-four pleaded guilty in deals with prosecutors, forgoing their right to trials.

Four of them, including actress Felicity Huffman, have been sentenced while others await their sentencing this fall. Huffman was sentenced to 14 days in prison for paying $15,000 to have someone correct answers on her oldest daughter’s SAT test. Two parents were sentenced to four months in prison for paying Singer $250,000 and $400,000, respectively, to take part in the college recruitment scheme.

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Published 8:14 PM EDT Oct 2, 2019

UPDATE, 8:39 AM: As more and more parents in the sprawling college admissions scandal are cutting deals with federal prosecutors for reduced sentences, Lori Loughlin is digging in for a fight as the former Full House star faces decades behind bars.

Hit with new bribery charges late last month, Loughlin and her fashion designed husband Mossimo Giannulli announced today in court filings that they are unsurprisingly pleading not guilty.The couple have also decided not be present at the upcoming November 20 arraignment but could appear at the now additionally scheduled January 17 status conference in what is clearly a case where neither side look inclined to back down.

“Therefore, Ms. Loughlin respectfully requests that the Court to accept this waiver and enter Ms. Loughlin’s plea of not guilty,” declares the bare bones filing Friday by Latham & Watkins lawyers in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts (read it here).

That is the same plea the once high flying couple have already made to previous charges of two charges of fraud and money laundering. Caught shelling out $500,000 through a phony foundation, Loughlin and Giannulli were indicted in March along with over 30 other well-heeled parents for illegal efforts they made to get their kids into top tier schools with false credentials and inflated test scores.

Both of the couple’s daughters have since left USC in the spotlight of the scandal.

Likely to go to trial in federal court in Boston in the spring of next year, the once Hallmark Channel regular and Giannulli are mounting a joint defense. That’s a rare and risky proposition that could hobble the duo if things get sticky and one party starts wanting to angle for an agreement with the government and another doesn’t, to put it mildly.

Currently, with the new charge that was made public on October 22, Loughlin and her spouse are facing around 50 years in prison and millions in fine if found guilty.

On the flip side, Felicity Huffman quietly slipped out of a federal prison late last week after serving around 11 days of her 14-day sentence in the ongoing probe.

PREVIOUSLY, OCT. 22 PM: Felicity Huffman is halfway through her prison sentence for her role in the nationwide college bribery scheme, but Lori Loughlin could be looking at a lot longer stretch if found guilty for getting her daughters into USC under false pretenses.

Having plead not guilty this spring to various federal charges from “Operation Varsity Blues,” the former Fuller House star and her husband Mossimo Giannulli are now facing a new bribery claim from the office of the U.S Attorney for Massachusetts. A new charge that potentially adds a decade more behind bars to the couple if found guilty at the trial expected next year.

In total, Loughlin and Giannulli are staring down the long road of 50 years in prison and around $1.23 million in fines each. As new of the scandal broke and has grown over the past several months, both of the duo’s daughters have left USC – the high-profile school their parents apparently played fast and loose with the law to get them into.

“Today’s charges are the result of ongoing investigation in the nationwide college admissions case,” said U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling Tuesday after the new indictment (read it here) against the once high-flying couple, STX founder Bill McGlashan, Jr and eight other deep pocketed parents was made public. “Our goal from the beginning has been to hold the defendants fully accountable for corrupting the college admissions process through cheating, bribery and fraud. The superseding indictments will further that effort.”

To be specific, with no new arraignment date set yet, the 11 parents are charged in the third indictment with conspiring “to commit federal program bribery by bribing employees of the University of Southern California (USC) to facilitate their children’s admission. 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.”

None of which sounds good, clearly. To that end, lawyers for Loughlin and Giannulli did not respond to request for comment on the new charges today.

Having formally plead not guilty in mid-April after turning down a government deal, Loughlin and Giannulli are accused in the well-heeled suspects probe of paying “bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team — despite the fact that they did not participate in crew — thereby facilitating their admission to USC,” according to the 200-page indictment made public March 12.

Currently out on $1 million dollar bail bond, Loughlin and her fashion designer spouse were hit hard with an additional money laundering charge on April 9 after they rejected the feds’ offer of reduced charges and sentencing recommendations.

In a local TV interview earlier this month, Lelling hinted things were about to get ever tighter for Loughlin and Giannulli. “If it is after trial, we would ask for something substantially higher,” declared the federal prosecutor to Boston’s WCVB of what kind of sentence the couple could face and making a comparison to the 14 days in a cell that American Crime star Huffman received in early September.

Long having entered a guilty plea and thrown herself on the court’s mercy Huffman reported to the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, CA on October 15. “If she resolved it before trial, something lower than that,” Lelling told the anchors of Loughlin and Giannulli’s chances if they made a deal instead of a taking the case to a jury.

Like Huffman, the still battling Loughlin and her husband are among the most high-profile cases in the more than 30 parents indicted in the nationwide effort of wealthy families to get their children into top schools using underhanded methods and the services of ex-call center manager William Singer and his phony Key Worldwide Foundation.

In fact, today’s superseding indictment draws a profile that leaves little to the imagination. even as the feds close in.

“On or about November 29, 2018, Singer called LOUGHLIN from Boston, Massachusetts,” the 61-page filing says. “During the call, Singer said, in sum and substance, that KWF was being audited by the IRS, which was asking about the two payments of $200,000 by the GIANNULLIS. Singer added: “So I just want to make sure that you know that, one, that you’re probably going to get a call and that I have not told them anything about the girls going through the side door, through crew, even though they didn’t do crew to get into USC. So I-that is-all I told them was that you guys made a donation to our foundation to help underserved kids.” LOUGHLIN replied, “Um-hrrnn.’”

Late this summer, Loughlin and Giannulli convinced a weary federal judge to agree to their potentially disastrous desire to share the same defense team. With that, the duo’s attorneys will next be back in federal court in Boston for a January 17, 2020 status conference.

As the things stand right now, the now newly indicted couple are not expected nor required to be in attendance.

Lori Loughlin Is ‘About To Break’ As She Awaits Next Court Date — Entire Family In ‘Chaos’

The days before Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli‘s next court date on January 17 are moving slowly, and the “entire family” is reportedly “in chaos right now,” according to a new source.

While the former Full House star and her husband likely thought they could fly under the radar ahead of their next appearance, things took a turn for the worse when they were surprised with a new federal charge from the prosecution on October 22.

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An insider close to the situation shared with People:

“The entire family is in chaos right now. They knew this was a possibility, but they thought perhaps it was just a bargaining tool from the prosecution. Now that the charges are official, they are realizing that there is no way to avoid a moderately long prison sentence, unless they are found not guilty in a trial.”

The confidant explained:

“They feel like this is David versus Goliath. How do you go up against the federal government when the government has decided to make an example out of you? This stress is about to break them.”

Most recently, the US Attorney in Boston, Massachusetts charged 11 of the 15 parents involved in the College Admissions Scandal who had pleaded not guilty with a new crime: federal program bribery. If found guilty, this crime tacks on a maximum five-year sentence with any existing charges, bringing the couple’s potential sentence to a whopping 45 years.

Apparently, the families involved were each given a heads up and a chance to reverse their pleas, but only four parents chose to take the deals. Additionally, some athletic officials involved also had new bribery AND fraud conspiracy charges brought upon them.

Loughlin and Giannulli have maintained their innocence from the start, and turned down a deal previously offered to them by the prosecution which would require an admission of guilt. The insider continued (below):

“Does she regret not taking the deal? Of course she does, because it would have been easier. But taking the deal would have admitted guilt, and she believes she was duped by unscrupulous people who enriched themselves off of her. It is her position that she was not some sort of criminal mastermind.”

The source added:

“She just wanted what was best for her daughters. And it has turned into an ongoing nightmare.”

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Lori Loughlin’s legal affairs just got worse. The Fuller House actress and husband Mossimo Giannulli were indicted Tuesday on an additional charge of money laundering in addition to the original charges against them.

TMZ reports that because Loughlin, 54, did not accept a plea deal from prosecutors, the U.S. Attorney went to a federal grand jury for an indictment, which added the money laundering charge — which ultimately increases the amount of time behind bars that she and fashion designer husband Giannulli could be sentenced to. They are already facing charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

According to the news outlet, the U.S. Attorney said Loughlin, Giannulli and 14 others will now be charged with the additional specific charge of “conspiring to launder the bribes and other payment in furtherance of the fraud by funneling them through Singer’s purported charity and his for-profit corporation.”

The charge alone carries a maximum 20-year sentence.

Earlier on Tuesday, it was reported that Loughlin and Giannulli could face an additional money laundering charge in addition to a sentencing of a minimum of two years in prison after they did not take the plea deal that Felicity Huffman and 12 other parents and one coach took on Monday.

All the defendants charged in the sweeping indictment were reportedly offered individual plea deals, with mandatory prison time recommendations varying on the severity of their alleged offenses.

Loughlin and Giannulli allegedly paid $500,000 to bribe USC’s crew coach, which reportedly raises the minimum sentence in a plea deal to a range of two to two and a half years, according to TMZ.

Huffman, who pleaded guilty on Monday to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, could receive as little as four to 10 months in prison, as would be suggested by the prosecutor thanks to the plea deal. However, she still reserves the right to argue that the range should be zero to six months. The details will reportedly be worked out during sentencing, as the judge will have the ultimate say following the prosecutors’ initial recommendations.

Prosecutors also demand that Huffman pay a $20,000 fine, plus restitution and one year of probation.

Huffman, 56, paid Rick Singer $15,000 to rig her daughter’s SAT test, giving the girl twice the amount of time as normal to complete the exam. The proctor also reportedly corrected her answers afterward.

In a statement, Huffman accepted responsibility for her actions and apologized, saying that her daughter was not aware of the scheme.

“I am pleading guilty to the charge brought against me by the United States Attorney’s Office. 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,” Huffman said in her statement. “I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and the educational community.”


“I want to apologize to them and, especially, I want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices to support their children and do so honestly,” she went on.

“My daughter knew absolutely nothing about my actions, and in my misguided and profoundly wrong way, I have betrayed her,” the actress said. “This transgression toward her and the public I will carry for the rest of my life. My desire to help my daughter is no excuse to break the law or engage in dishonesty.”

Actress Lori Loughlin and 10 other parents accused in a massive college admissions scandal are facing additional charges, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday.

A grand jury in the District of Massachusetts brought the new charges against 11 of the 15 parents charged in the case, including Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli.

Loughlin and the 10 other parents facing new charges have pleaded not guilty to the previous charges in the alleged scheme.

The new charges in the third superseding indictment allege that the 11 defendants conspired to commit federal program bribery by paying off employees of the University of Southern California to facilitate their children’s admission. Arraignment dates have not yet been scheduled.

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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,” the indictment states.

Andrew Lelling, the United States attorney for the District of Massachusetts, said Tuesday’s charges “are the result of ongoing investigation in the nationwide college admissions case.”

“Our goal from the beginning has been to hold the defendants fully accountable for corrupting the college admissions process through cheating, bribery and fraud,” Lelling said. “The superseding indictments will further that effort.”

Loughlin, best known for her role in the sitcom “Full House,” was one of the dozens of people charged in March in connection with the multimillion-dollar scheme.

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Federal prosecutors allege she and her husband agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 to bolster the chances of their daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella Giannulli, gaining admission to USC.

In a statement from the registrar Monday, USC said Loughlin’s daughters were no longer enrolled. The university declined to give any further information, citing student privacy laws.

Loughlin and actress Felicity Huffman are the most recognizable names of those charged in the sweeping scheme.

Huffman was sentenced to 14 days in prison for paying a college consultant $15,000 to boost her daughter’s SAT score. Her sentence also included a $30,000 fine, 250 hours of community service and a year’s probation.

The “Desperate Housewives” star was sentenced in Boston’s federal court after pleading guilty in May to a single count of conspiracy and fraud. She is currently serving her sentence in a minimum-security prison in Dublin, California, outside San Francisco.