New Details About Lori Loughlin's Potential Defense Paint Her as a Victim

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Monday the news broke that Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli have pleaded guilty to the fraud and money laundering charges against them in the college admissions scandal. If the case goes to trial, the couple could be facing a maximum of 40 years in prison, which is a pretty scary thought, to say the least. Entertainment Tonight has new details on Lori and Mossimo's potential defense, and it sounds as if they're about to play the aloof card.

  • Remember that $500,000 Lori allegedly forked over to get her kids into USC?

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    Well, according to a source who talked to ET, apparently Lori did not realize she was about to engage in any sort of money laundering. The source explains, "They in no way felt they were money laundering. They thought the money would be used for a donation and to benefit the school. Even so, this has been one of the toughest decisions of Lori‘s life."

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  • In addition to reportedly not realizing what was happening, Lori and Mossimo supposedly feel like victims.

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    The source also told ET, "they were under the impression they might be breaking rules, but not laws. They feel they were manipulated by those involved and are planning that as part of their defense ... They realize how serious the charges are, but feel that once the judge hears their story he will see they had no bad intentions."

    Hmm. Sure sounds plausible enough, right? If the "donation" was explained to them in a way that made it seem it really was a "donation," it is possible to see how the fine details could seem a little cloudy.

  • Of course, supposedly the prosecution has recordings of Lori that are incriminating, so things could go either way at this point.

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    Lori and Mossimo have no doubt hired the best legal team possible, and according to ET, "In the end, she (Lori) trusts those who are advising her and somehow believes there is a chance she will go free."

    Hmm. Time will tell.