Actress Lori Loughlin, who faces a number of charges in connection with the sweeping nationwide college admissions scandal that has been dubbed “Operation Varsity Blues,” asked a judge Friday to accept a plea of not guilty to the latest charge in the case, ABC News reports, citing documents filed in Boston federal court.
The charge of federal program bribery was added to Loughlin’s case in October, as we reported previously. Loughlin already faced charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering, conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.
“Her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, was also facing the new bribery charge and asked the judge to accept his not guilty plea,” ABC News reports. “Loughlin, 54, and Giannulli, 55, also requested to waive their need to appear in court to be arraigned on the new charge later this month.”
More than 30 parents, including actress Felicity Huffman, have been charged in the case. Huffman entered a guilty plea to fraud and conspiracy charges and received a 14-day federal prison sentenced. She was released in October after serving 11 days.
“Loughlin and Giannulli are accused of conspiring with William ‘Rick’ Singer, who federal prosecutors identified as the ringleader of the scam, to help their two daughters get into University of Southern California as crew recruits, despite not having participated in crew,” ABC News notes.