Lori Loughlin doesn’t think she did anything wrong by allegedly paying a half-million dollars to get her daughters into USC — because she thinks the payoff was the same as making a donation, according to a report.
“She honestly didn’t think what she was doing was any different than donating money for a library or athletic field,” an insider reportedly told People magazine about the “Full House” star.
Loughlin, 55, and her fashion-designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, 56, are accused of paying $500,000 to college admissions swindler William “Rick” Singer to help get daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose into the University of Southern California.
The couple pleaded not guilty in April to charges of wire fraud and money laundering conspiracy in the case.
“She’s embarrassed and hurt, and she knows that her reputation has been ruined for life,” the source told People. “But she also believes the allegations against her aren’t true.”
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Both Loughlin and her husband are set to appear Aug. 27 in court, where they’re expected to waive their rights to separate attorneys so they can put on a “united front,” the outlet reported.
“Lori is ready for this to be over,” the insider told the magazine. “They all are. At this point, it would be better to spend a few months in jail — because she’s been spending the last several months in her own prison.”
If convicted of the charges, the couple faces up to 40 years behind bars.
Singer has pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud the U.S., and obstruction of justice.