Lori Loughlin Reportedly 'Didn't Realize' College Scam Was Illegal

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Lori Loughlin
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At this point, we really shouldn't be too surprised about the details we hear surrounding this college admissions scandal. But like clockwork, something pops up that turns heads. Case in point: Reports are surfacing that Lori Loughlin "didn't realize" what she was doing was against the law.

... and peeps aren't buying it.

  • In case anyone hasn't been paying attention, Lori Loughlin is facing up to 40 years in prison.

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    Yes, 40 years behind bars.

    Lori, her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, and others were indicted on new charges -- including fraud and money laundering -- for their reported involvement in a massive college admissions scam to get their kids into prestigious institutions. They previously faced up to 20 years in prison after being indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, but they rejected a plea deal that had a two-year prison minimum before getting hit with the new charges.

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  • And apparently, she didn't think her alleged actions were against the law.

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    Lori Loughlin and her husband reportedly paid $500,000 to get their daughters -- Isabella and Olivia Jade -- into USC by posing as recruits for the crew team. The former Hallmark star reportedly didn't think the scam was a "huge deal," which could be one of the reasons why she and her husband pleaded not guilty.

  • "You read the complaint and they look like criminal masterminds," an unnamed insider explains to People.

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    "But they really didn't know the legalities of what was going on," the source continues to the publication about Lori and Mossimo not realizing they were breaking the law.

    They're not lawyers and they're not experts. They were parents who simply wanted to make sure that their daughters got into a good school.

    Calling in favors, donating money to the alumni association, hiring consultants. Those are all things that parents do. And so they gave money to this consultant, not entirely knowing everything that was going to be done. When it all fell apart, nobody was as surprised as they were that they were in trouble. She never intended to break any laws, and if she did, it was inadvertent.

  • Welp, people are catching wind of Lori's reported sentiments and are calling BS.

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    The reaction hasn't been very supportive to say the least. Folks are giving Aunt Becky major side eye as she and her husband seemingly went to great lengths -- outside of paying half a mill -- to make their daughters appear as if they were a part of the crew team as recruits, knowing they weren't.

  • Whatever ya say, Aunt Becky.

    At this point, it might be best for the people in her camp to stop talking as nothing that's been mentioned thus far has been remorseful of any kind. Let's just quit while we're ahead, shall we?

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