Lori Loughlin's Daughters Planned as "Star Witnesses" in College Admissions Scandal
Loughlin would need to enter a guilty plea to prevent her daughters from testifying.
Loughlin's daughters would reportedly be called to testify against their mother and father Mossimo Giannulli in the hopes of "securing a conviction," according to a source via Us Weekly. While Loughlin has sought counsel on whether or not she could potentially keep her daughters from testifying against her, the magazine reported, all that could be done to change the situation is the actress withdrawing her not guilty plea and entering a guilty one instead.
Loughlin and husband Giannulli previously pleaded not guilty to allegations that they handed over $500,000 in bribe money to ensure their daughters got into the University of Southern California as part of a ruse that they were being scouted for rowing. The scheme reportedly found the couple having their daughter pose alongside rowing machines as part of their "athletic profiles" as evidence of their prowess at the sport. That's a very important aspect of the scandal that will come into play.
"Prosecutors plan on asking Bella about the photo she took on a rowing machine prior to being admitted," Us Weekly reported, as the source indicated that "Bella did so at the direction of her parents."
Of course, it's up to the girls if they want to testify or not, as they could ultimately invoke the Fifth Amendment, if lawyers advise them to do so, as they apparently have indicated they "don't want to to be in the crosshairs" of the scandal any more than they have already.
If convicted of the charges levied against her, Loughlin could be facing a pretty hefty prison sentence. In April, she and husband Giannulli pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud as well as conspiracy to commit money laundering and federal bribery.