Loughlin's not guilty plea to charges of conspiracy to commit fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering is her first substantive response in the case.
Gather round, children, because I have an update on everyone's favorite college admissions scandal, aka "Operation Varsity Blues." The Fuller House star's peer, Felicity Huffman, pled guilty last week.
"In court documents obtained by Fox News, Loughlin, 54, and Giannulli, 55, said in the filing they are waiving their right to appear in court for an arraignment and plead not guilty", reports Fox News.
Others are fighting the allegations in a case that could hinge on whether payments the parents made are judged to have been bribes or simply contributions to university athletic programs and a charity Singer controlled.
Meanwhile, Loughlin, along with her husband Mossimo Giannulli (the founder of Mossimo clothing), allegedly paid $500,000 to have their 2 daughters designated as recruits for the USC crew team, despite the fact that they did not actually participate in crew.
Several other parents who were indicted alongside Loughlin and Giannulli last week have also filed court documents entering not guilty pleas. The fraud-conspiracy charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and substantial fines. She added, "My desire to help my daughter is no excuse to break the law or engage in dishonesty". The Desperate Housewives alum, who paid $15,000 to fake her daughter's SAT scores, issued a public apology.
Loughlin reportedly rejected the deal not realizing "how serious this is", according to a report. A source close to the actress tells People, "it's just taking some time for it to sink in that what she was allegedly doing could be considered illegal".
Loughlin was followed by autograph seekers while awaiting the court hearing at the J. Joseph Moakley Courthouse in the Seaport and smiled and waved to some fans as she walked into the building via metal barricades set up by court security personnel. Instead, their attorneys entered the plea for them. "It is not an easy ride".