Unlike Felicity Huffman who has apologized profusely and agreed to plead guilty, Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli is not ready to cop a plea in the college admission scandal she and dozens of others are implicated in. The pair were indicted Tuesday and hit with new charges, according to reports.
A federal grand jury in Boston hit them and 14 other parents on charges of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, and money laundering. If convicted, they face 20 years behind bars.
TMZ reports that she’s put the brakes on any deal because the size of her alleged bribe ($500K to get her two daughters into University of Southern Cal) means she’ll have to face serious prison time, unlike Huffman and some of the other parents. Huffman shelled out $15K and prosecutors are reportedly looking for a much lighter sentence in her case, though she may still do time.
Meanwhile, her daughters, social media star Olivia Jade and her sister Bella are stuck in limbo at USC. The school released a statement saying they were reviewing the case, and they are neither permitted to register for new classes or withdraw until the review is finalized.
“USC has placed holds on the accounts of students who may be associated with the alleged admissions scheme,” it reads. “This prevents the students from registering for classes (until they have agreed to participate in the review of their case), withdrawing from the university, or acquiring transcripts while their cases are under review.”
Olivia has openly declared a complete lack of interest in pursuing a higher education, and is continuing to pursue her own branding opportunities. After her trademark application was rejected for punctuation errors, she corrected it and per The Blast, it went through.
Meanwhile, Netflix has said that Otherhood, Huffman’s film starring Angela Bassett and Patricia Arquette will no longer be released on April 26.