Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, pleaded not responsible Monday to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and conspiracy to commit cash laundering.
Every of the fees is punishable by as much as 20 years in jail.
“Lori would not perceive why she’s getting a lot criticism for pleading not responsible,” the supply mentioned. “Folks should not understand that she had no alternative. The plea deal has been taken off the desk, and that is the one means they have been instructed she and Mossimo can keep away from jail time and get one other plea (deal). They’re hoping justice will prevail.”
Nevertheless, a regulation enforcement supply accustomed to the investigation instructed CNN final week that neither Loughlin nor her husband have engaged in substantial plea discussions. And the identical supply has mentioned prosecutors will probably be in search of jail time for each defendant, no matter their plea.
Prosecutors say Loughlin and Giannulli paid $500,000 to a pretend charity to get their two daughters accepted into the College of Southern California, falsely designating them as crew staff recruits.
“She is concentrated on repairing her relationship with (her daughter) Olivia,” the supply added. “Issues are very tense.”
Actress Felicity Huffman pleaded responsible to paying $15,000 to facilitate dishonest for her daughter on the SATs. In a press release, she expressed “deep remorse and disgrace over what I’ve completed.” She has a plea listening to set for Could 21 in federal court docket in Boston, prosecutors mentioned on Twitter.
“(Lori) is hoping she will be able to transfer previous this and get again to work and doing what she loves,” the supply mentioned.
CORRECTION: This story has been up to date to appropriate the date of Felicity Huffman’s plea listening to.
CNN’s Mark Morales contributed to this report.