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Clueless! Lori Loughlin And Her Husband Allegedly Didn't Know Buying Their Kids' Way Into College Was Illegal

Date April 26, 2019 15:53

Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, two of the parents involved in the college admissions cheating scandal, surprised those who have followed the case earlier this month.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The couple, who are accused of paying $500,000 to buy their two daughters’ way into the University of South California, pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

While Felicity Huffman, another high-profile parent involved in the scandal, agreed to a plea deal and publicly expressed remorse and regret, Loughlin and Giannulli’s move may seem unwise. Unless, of course, they have a solid defense strategy.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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But what exactly is their strategy? They claim they didn’t know what they were doing was against the law!

An insider source spoke to People and revealed that the Full House star and her husband gave money to the mastermind of the scheme without knowing how exactly the arrangements would work.

The source said:

They really didn’t know the legalities of what was going on. They’re not lawyers and they’re not experts. They were parents who simply wanted to make sure that their daughters got into a good school.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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According to the source, the couple thought the scheme would involve legal donations and other things wealthy parents normally do to boost their kids’ chances of getting into high-end schools:

Calling in favors, donating money to the alumni association, hiring consultants. Those are all things that parents do. And so they gave money to this consultant, not entirely knowing everything that was going to be done. When it all fell apart, nobody was as surprised as they were that they were in trouble.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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We aren’t sure how such a strategy will work for Loughlin and her husband, but it has elicited mixed reactions on social media.

How people reacted

People’s reactions to the newest development in the case are divided. While some are surprisingly sympathetic and believe that the couple are not villains, but just two clueless parents, others think their actions are unforgivable.

Here are a few responses from Twitter:

And what do you think?