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Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli have pleaded not guilty on two conspiracy charges in the college admissions scandal, according to The Associated Press.

Various news outlets, including our sister site Deadline, reported the plea. They were charged with conspiracy to commit fraud and money laundering, said the U.S. Attorney's Office in MA.

Loughlin, meanwhile, allegedly wanted her daughters to get into the University of Southern California so badly that she and Giannulli paid approximately $500,000 in bribes to falsely designate their daughters as recruits to the USC crew team - despite the fact that they did not participate in crew. Those defendants, including actress Felicity Huffman of Los Angeles, are scheduled to appear for plea hearings next month in U.S. District Court in Boston.

The other actress charged in the scandal, "Desperate Housewives" star Felicity Huffman, will enter a guilty plea.

Loughlin and Giannulli waived their right to appear for their arraignment in Boston federal court and plead not guilty to the two charges against them, their lawyers said in court documents. USA Today reported last week that prosecutors say the new indictments resulted from the defendants allegedly "conspiring to launder bribes and other payments in furtherance of the fraud by funneling them through Singer's purported charity and his for-profit corporation, as well as by transferring money into the United States, from outside the United States, for the objective of promoting the fraud scheme".

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Huffman apologized for taking part in the scheme, saying in a statement that she accepts full responsibility for her actions and "will accept the consequences that stem from those actions". The fraud-conspiracy charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and substantial fines.

The couple are among 33 charged in the widespread scam, in which parents were accused of using their wealth to get their children into elite colleges.

As for the charges, while they range from conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud for the actresses, Singer has reportedly already pleaded guilty to racketeering charges.

'My daughter knew absolutely nothing about my actions, and in my misguided and profoundly wrong way, I have betrayed her, ' Huffman said.

Huffman and her husband, actor William H. Macy, later made arrangements to pursue the scheme a second time, for her younger daughter, before deciding not to do so, court documents allege.

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