Legal experts agree that the latest charges against Lori Loughlin, Mossimo Giannulli and other parents in the college admission scandal are an attempt by prosecutors to wield the overwhelming power of the federal government and strong-arm defendants into just pleading guilty already. Loughlin and Giannulli — even if they are privately dismayed and on edge, and even if the circumstantial evidence against them is strong — aren’t taking the bait.
The wealthy and famous defendants pleaded not guilty on Friday to the new charges of federal programs bribery, signaling that they will continue to stick to the plan: fight the charges in court.
Loughlin and Giannulli face 12 criminal counts, including: conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud; conspiracy to commit federal programs bribery; money laundering conspiracy; wire fraud and honest services wire fraud; aiding and abetting; federal programs bribery; aiding and abetting.
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