Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli, a fashion designer, both pleaded not guilty in a federal courtroom in Boston Friday to new bribery charges that stem from the national college admissions scandal.
The pair entered their pleas in new court filings. The new charge that both now face is federal programs bribery.
In their filing, the couple asked that they not need to appear in court to be arraigned on the new allegation.
Previously, they have both pleaded not guilty to counts of money laundering and mail fraud.
and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli both pleaded not guilty in Boston federal court Friday to new federal bribery charges stemming from the national college admissions cheating scandal.
Federal prosecutors said the celebrity couple paid scandal planner Rick Singer $500,000 for their two daughters so he could help get them admitted to the University of Southern California as rowing student-athletes though neither of them had ever competed in that sport.
The new allegations from prosecutors document how the couple was connected to Singer via a $200,000 payment, which Giannulli allegedly sent via his accountant in 2017, prosecutors said.
In all, more than 50 persons have been charged in the case, 35 of them parents.
Meanwhile, Oscar-nominated actress Felicity Huffman was one of 23 defendants who entered guilty pleas.
Huffman was released from a California prison a week ago after severing a shortened 14-day sentence.
She was sentenced following a guilty plea involving conspiracy and fraud charges.