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Lori Loughlin to Judge: Don't Make Us Come to Court

She and husband enter not-guilty pleas to new bribery charge
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 1, 2019 2:05 PM CDT
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Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, leave court in Boston in August.   (AP Photo/Philip Marcelo)

(Newser) – Faced with new charges in the college admissions scandal, actress Lori Loughlin and her husband pleaded not guilty Friday via their attorneys. The couple was hit with that indictment, on federal program bribery, after being warned by prosecutors that more charges would be brought if they didn't plead guilty to the first charges. In Friday's legal filings, Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, asked to not be required in court later this month for arraignment on the bribery charge, ABC News reports. That goes atop the existing charges: conspiracy to commit money laundering, conspiracy to commit mail fraud, and honest services mail fraud.

The federal program bribery charge could mean more prison time for Loughlin, Giannulli and others if they're convicted in the case. The indictment, brought by a grand jury in Boston, provides new details on the accusations against the 11 parents newly charged with conspiring with a California consultant to get their children admitted to USC. In explaining a $200,000 bill he'd received from the consultant, per the Los Angeles Times, the indictment quotes Giannulli in an email to his accountant: "Good news my daughter ... is in SC," he wrote. "Bad is I had to work the system." (Felicity Huffman is already out of jail.)

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