Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli won’t appear in federal court in Boston Wednesday for their scheduled arraignment.
“Mr. Giannulli and Ms. Loughlin have waived their right to appear in person at the arraignment on Wednesday, and will be represented by their counsel,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts said in a statement to the Deseret News Monday.
The couple was not required to attend the arraignment. This confirms an Associated Press report that Loughlin’s team waived the rights to the arraignment after federal prosecutors slapped new charges on Loughlin and her husband as a part of the college admissions scandal.
NEW: U.S. Attorney’s Office just sent me this statement about upcoming scheduled arraignment for Lori Loughlin and her husband:— Herb Scribner (@HerbScribner) November 18, 2019
"Mr. Giannulli and Ms. Loughlin have waived their right to appear in person at the arraignment on Wednesday, and will be represented by their counsel."
Loughlin and Giannulli are both accused of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud; conspiracy to commit federal programs bribery; conspiracy to commit money laundering.
The charges came in the college admissions scandal. According to The Associated Press, the couple is accused of paying $500,000 in bribes so that their daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella Giannulli, could be crew team recruits for the University of Southern California.
The couple has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
The couple are scheduled for a status conference on Jan. 17, 2020. They are not required to attend, either, according to the attorney’s office.