Why Lori Loughlin Has Pleaded Not Guilty in the College Scam — and Why Friends Are Worried

Is this a case of Hollywood stars thinking they could do no wrong?

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Nearly two weeks after facing charges from federal prosecutors, actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, have pleaded not guilty in the college admissions cheating scandal. And friends of the couple — for all those who care about rich people — are “incredibly worried” about the two, reports ET.

There is speculation among various outlets that “Loughlin still has faith that maybe she and her husband won’t end up behind bars after all,” Elle reported.

They don’t feel they had any “bad intentions” — and therefore they are still hoping they get little more than a slap on the wrist, sources say.

The couple — the parents of two daughters — are accused of paying half a million dollars in bribes to get both their daughters admitted to the University of Southern California (USC) as college rowing recruits, though neither girl was part of any rowing team.

The evidence against the couple includes bank records, emails and phone calls.

The couple’s maximum prison sentence would be 40 years for multiple charges — including the maximum sentence for the charges of money laundering, which were brought last week in addition to the earlier charges.

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The minimum amount of time Loughlin and Giannulli could spend behind bars is four years and nine months, TMZ noted on Monday.

Either way, the couple may be taking a very big risk by fighting the charges against them.

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