Actress Lori Loughlin Enters 'Not Guilty' Plea in College Admission Scandal

Lori Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli facing charges in a nationwide college admissions cheating scheme leave federal court in Boston

Lori Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli facing charges in a nationwide college admissions cheating scheme leave federal court in Boston

In choosing to enter their not guilty plea through court papers, Loughlin and Giannulli are avoiding the high-profile appearance they made in Boston April 3 when they were forced to make what is called their "initial appearance" in federal court following the issuing of an original set of charges. One person tweeted, "She must believe in the "celebrity defense" which has proven a great defense for many celebrities".

Loughlin is best known for playing the role of Aunt Becky on Full House.

Olivia Jade Gianulli, Lori Loughlin and Isabella Gianulli. Lori is finally realizing just how serious this is.

Loughlin's decision not to plead guilty in the case has already had significant legal repercussions. As Nicki Swift previously reported, the married pair were among dozens of other parents accused of bribing their children's ways into elite schools in mid-March 2019.

The two are charged with paying $500,000 U.S. in bribes to get their daughters admitted to the University of Southern California as crew recruits, even though neither is a rower.

Prosecutors say they will seek a prison sentence that's on the low end of between four and 10 months for Huffman.

However, ever since the two were slapped with the conspiracy to commit money laundering charge earlier this month, pleading not guilty was allegedly their "only choice".

Last week, Loughlin and 16 parents were indicted with charges of money laundering.

Last week, a source told E! News that Loughlin has been in "complete denial" over the seriousness of her situation. She refused to accept any jail time and thought the DA was bluffing.

Additionally, Huffman, and her husband, actor William H. Macy, have been accused of making a "charitable contribution" of $15,000 to participate in a cheating scheme on behalf of their eldest daughter, paying for her to be given twice the amount of time to take the SATs compared to other students.

According to the AP, several other of the indicted parents have also entered not guilty pleas. "She has been in complete denial and thought maybe she could skate by", the source said.

The "Desperate Housewives" star released a statement after the acceptance of her not guilty plea. Huffman is scheduled to appear in Boston's federal court on May 24 to plead guilty.