Katie Jerkovich | Entertainment Reporter
Lori Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, apparently perceive that they were "manipulated" by the people who ran the alleged national assault rifle, Operation Varsity Blues.
"[Lori and her husband] claim that they were under the impression that they could break rules, but not laws," a source near the 54-year-old actress who was shared with Entertainment Tonite on Monday. (RELATED: Lori Loughlin's Daughter Bragged About Going to School to Party) 28, 201
"They feel they were manipulated by those involved and are planning to, as part of their defense," added the source. "They realize how serious the fees are, but consider that when the judge hears their story, he will see that they had no bad intentions." (RELATED: Lori Loughlin was released after paying $ 1 million band)
source near the "Full House" actress continued: "They didn't know they were money laundering. They thought the money would used for a donation and to benefit the school. Yet, this has been one of the toughest decisions of Lori's life. "
" When Lori heard how many years she could spend in prison, she broke down crying, an insider split. "The thought of being separated from loved ones for years took her to her knees. She has looked at the other families lowering offers, but her husband feels they are not guilty and should not be guilty." (RELATED : REPORT: 7 FBI agents arrested Felicity Huffman at Gunpoint) "[Their friends]] have explained to them that they can not only request ignorance," added the inside. "In the end, she trusts those who advise her and somehow think there is a chance she'll be free."
The comments are related to the reports earlier the day that Loughlin and Giannulli had pleaded guilty to multiple charges against them for their alleged participation in the college permit scheme. The two were arrested last month, accused of paying $ 500,000 in bribes to get their daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella Giannulli, to the University of Southern California (USC) by letting them be competitive rowing crews.
As previously reported, last week a federal grand jury accused the actress and her husband of extra charges of fraud and money laundering for their alleged part in the national college admission scam. Loughlin and Giannulli are now facing a total number of conspiracy to commit mail and wire scams and honest mail and wire fraud services with a number of conspiracies to commit money laundering.