Lori Loughlin, husband Mossimo Giannulli plead not guilty in college scam

Hallmark renews When Calls the Heart for season 7 without Lori Loughlin

The judge must approve their request not to appear to formally enter their pleas.

Actress Lori Loughlin said on Monday she will plead not guilty to charges that she participated in what prosecutors say was the largest college admissions scandal uncovered in USA history.

A legal source close to the couple tells PEOPLE the couple pleaded not guilty to both charges they face: mail fraud and money laundering conspiracy. Giannulli allegedly wrote to Singer. Series star Erin Krakow took to social media to announce When Calls The Heart will be returning to Hallmark next year for Season 7. Prosecutors say she and Giannulli paid $500,000 to a fake charity to get their two daughters accepted into the University of Southern California, falsely designating them as crew recruits.

The criminal complaint against Giannulli and Loughlin includes evidence from a cooperating witness, emails, bank records and a recorded phone call with each parent. "I want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices to support their children and to honestly do so".

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Manny Medrano, a defense attorney and former federal prosecutor, said that based on 2019 federal sentencing guidelines, Huffman likely will face four to 10 months in prison as part of her plea. Prosecutors secured an indictment on April 9 that included an additional charge of conspiring to commit money laundering.

The actress Felicity Huffman was among 13 parents who pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit fraud last week. Huffman was accused of paying $15,000 to have someone take her daughter's Saturday.

Huffman and her husband, actor William H. Macy, later made arrangements to pursue the scheme a second time, for her younger daughter, before deciding not to do so, court documents allege. Macy was not charged in the scam.

In all, 33 parents have been charged in the college admissions scandal. "My desire to help my daughter is no excuse to break the law or engage in dishonesty".

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