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Federal prosecutors seek October trial for Lori Loughlin in college admissions case

Lori Loughlin, and her husband, clothing designer Mossimo Giannulli, departed federal court in Boston in April 2019.
Lori Loughlin, and her husband, clothing designer Mossimo Giannulli, departed federal court in Boston in April 2019.Steven Senne/Associated Press

Federal prosecutors want to try Hollywood star Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband in October for their alleged crimes in the college admissions cheating scandal, court papers show.

In a filing Wednesday, US Attorney Andrew E. Lelling’s office proposed that the couple stand trial in October along with several defendants charged in connection with the case.

Loughlin, whose portrayal of Aunt Becky on the sitcom “Full House” endeared her to millions, and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are both charged with several felonies for allegedly agreeing to pay bribes totaling $500,000 to get their daughters classified as phony crew recruits at USC. Loughlin and Giannulli have pleaded not guilty to all charges.

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The university confirmed in October that the couple’s daughters are no longer enrolled.

Loughlin and Giannulli are two of the more than 50 defendants charged in the scheme, in which wealthy parents allegedly cut fat checks to admitted ringleader William “Rick” Singer to get their children classified as bogus sports recruits at fancy schools, or to pad their kids’ SAT and ACT scores if they needed a boost.

Of the 19 defendants charged in this case, four have pled guilty and 15 remain pending trial, Assistant US Attorney Eric S. Rosen said in Wednesday’s filing submitted to US District Court in Boston. Because prosecutors expect additional plea agreements in the case, he said, it may be possible to try any remaining defendants in no more than two trials — one in October, and one in 2021.

Under the feds’ proposal, Loughlin and Giannulli would be among the defendants standing trial in October, records show.

Loughlin isn’t the only Hollywood star to get charged in the sprawling probe.

“Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman served less than two weeks in federal prison for paying a $15,000 bribe to pad her daughter’s SAT score.

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Huffman, who is married to “Shameless” star William H. Macy, also paid a $30,000 fine and was ordered to complete 250 hours of community service.






Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.