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It was hard enough for us to wrap our heads around Fuller House actress Lori Loughlin's involvement with the largest college admissions scandal in U.S. history. It's even harder to understand why she rejected a plea deal. Here are some theories behind the perplexing legal move.
Lori Loughlin went from Aunt Becky to "Becky with the Bad Rap Sheet" after she was arrested in March 2019.
People reported that Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, were accused of paying William "Rick" Singer's Key Worldwide Foundation a total of $500,000.
The money would allegedly get both their daughters, Isabella and Olivia Jade, into the University of Southern California as crew team recruits. But the foundation was allegedly used as a front for bribes.
The couple was offered a plea agreement and it would have likely included a minimum two-year prison sentence. According to CNN, they pleaded not guilty to...
"...charges of conspiracy to commit fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering."
That may have been a mistake. As predicted, Loughlin and Giannulli were slapped with additional charges of money laundering and fraud after they rejected the plea bargain. According to an attorney who spoke to Us Weekly,
"[They] could spend years, if not decades [locked up]."
Watch the video to see why we finally understand why Lori Loughlin rejected her plea deal!#LoriLoughlin #AuntBecky #VarsityBluesScandal
What happened, exactly? | 0:16
Saving her reputation | 1:20
Ignorance isn't necessarily bliss | 1:56
She expects to be exonerated | 3:11
Was Giannulli behind it? | 3:40
A "slap on the wrist"? | 4:41
Will prison be that bad? | 5:05
"Arrogant" and entitled? | 5:47