Since we first heard about Operation Varsity Blues, aka the college admissions scandal, it's hard to believe this is all true. But with every new bit of information, things become more like a TV movie. Which is fitting since Lori Loughlin, one of the parents at the center of the case is, of course, an actress. While fellow actress Felicity Huffman, has kept her head down and accepts her role in the scandal, Loughlin's taking a slightly different stance. According to sources, she doesn't believe she'll be found guilty in her part of all this.
As of right now, Loughlin and Giannulli are facing up to 40 years in prison. Prosecutors aren't taking this lightly — adding charges of conspiracy related to money laundering. Money laundering is a serious offense, hence the 40 years. But throughout all of this, they continue to maintain their innocence.
“She’s an active participant in her own defense, feels like she’s got a valid defense, and that when all the evidence comes out, she won’t be found guilty,” an insider tells PEOPLE.
Even though they continue to say they had no idea what they were doing, the evidence may state otherwise. If you need a refresher, they paid approximately $500,000 to a man named Rick Singer through his nonprofit Key Worldwide Foundation. That money was then used as bribes to get their daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose on the USC crew team. Neither of the girls row crew.
Back in April, both Loughlin and Giannulli pleaded not guilty to the charges they face. They did so because the plea deals they were presented with came with jail time.
It seems there is nothing but drama surrounding Loughlin, her husband, Mossimo Giannulli. Reports have recently come out that Olivia Jade knew what her parents were doing to get her into USC. Yes, drama is the family business, but even Hallmark wants nothing to do with it — Loughlin has been dropped by the network. Her lack of work right now means she has a lot of time on her hands.
According to a different source, Loughlin's time "consists of waiting around for the next court date and planning her legal defense.” She has allegedly become "well-versed" in her case. She and Giannulli are allegedly mounting a very serious defense to fight these charges.
We'll see what happens next.