Lori Loughlin's friends think that her husband Mossimo Giannulli 'concocted' the college admissions scheme

Mossimo Giannulli wasn't very popular with wife Lori Loughlin's friends, who are reportedly blaming him for the couple's involvement in the massive college cheating scheme that could send them each to jail for 40 years.

Loughlin and Giannulli have been married for 21 years, but "her friends don't like him," an insider told Us Weekly.

"Everyone feels bad for her," the source added. "They think the situation was something concocted by her husband."

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Official documents released when the charges were announced last month demonstrate that both of them were allegedly involved in the scheme, in which they allegedly paid $500,000 to get both of their daughters into USC under the false pretenses that they were recruited for the women's crew team.

After rejecting a plea deal offering less prison time, Loughlin and Giannulli were hit with additional money laundering charges, in addition to the existing charges of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. They're pleading not guilty to all charges.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 18: Designer Mossimo Giannulli and actress Lori Loughlin attend LACMA's 50th Anniversary Gala sponsored by Christie's at LACMA on April 18, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for LACMA)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 03: Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli attend 6th Annual Kidstock Music And Arts Festival Sponsored By Hudson Jeans at Greystone Mansion on June 3, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/WireImage)
MALIBU, CA - APRIL 21: Designer Mossimo Giannulli and actress Lori Loughlin attend the Malibu Lumber Yard grand opening held at the Malibu Lumber Yard on April 21, 2009 in Malibu, California. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 20: Actress Lori Loughlin (L) and husband Mossimo Giannulli attend the Saks Fifth Avenue's Unforgettable Evening cocktail reception benefiting Entertainment Industry Foundation's (EIF) Women's Cancer Research Fund held at the Beverly Wishire Hotel on February 20, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 28: Lori Loughlin and Mossimo attend Louis Vuitton Gala Celebrating the Takashi Murakami Exhibition at Geffen Contemporary at Moca on October 28, 2007 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by BRIAN LINDENSMITH/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
John Stamos and Lori Loughlin during Target Hosts LA Fashion Week Party for Designer Mossimo Giannulli - Inside at Area in West Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage for LaForce and Stevens)
John Stamos, Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli during Target Hosts LA Fashion Week Party for Designer Mossimo Giannulli - Inside at Area in West Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage for LaForce and Stevens)
Mossimo Giannulli and Lori Loughlin during Target Hosts LA Fashion Week Party for Designer Mossimo Giannulli at Area in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage for LaForce and Stevens)
Lori Loughlin and Mossimo during Saks Fifth Avenues Unforgettable Evening Benefitting EIFs Womens Cancer Research Fund at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Donato Sardella/WireImage for Entertainment Industry Foundation)
Lori Loughlin and Mossimo during 30th Anniversary Party for Hello Kitty Presented by SANRIO and Target - Pink Carpet at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by J. Vespa/WireImage for Sanrio, Inc)
Mossimo Giannulli & Lori Loughlin during Mossimo's New Collection Celebration at Moomba in West Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by J. P. Aussenard/WireImage)
Lori Loughlin & Mossimo during Marc Anthony Pilots Jaguar's Tribute To Style - March 18, 2001 at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
381656 06: Designer Mossimo Giannulli with actress wife Lori Loughlin, left, and actress Valerie Bertinelli attend a party to launch the famed sportswear designer Mossimo Giannulli Collection November 9, 2000 at The Drive-In Studios in New York City. (Photo by George DeSota/Getty Images)
Mossimo Giannulli & Lori Loughlin during 14th Carousel of Hope Ball for Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes at Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Lori Loughlin & Mossimo during An Evening of Song & Spirit A Benefit For Gaian Yoga For Life at Private House in Bel Air, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
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Giannulli made more headlines this week when a 2016 interview published on the "The Hundreds" blog resurfaced in which the designer bragged about lying to his parents about attending USC himself.

The article claims that Giannulli created fake report cards in order to get his parents to give him tuition money, which he used "to initiate his foray into the T-shirt" business. CNN reached out to USC, who confirmed that Giannulli attended the university during the 1984 spring semester -- but not as a fully matriculated student. Rather, he was in the College of Continuing Education, "a non-degree program open to anyone with no formal admissions requirements."

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His younger daughter, Olivia Jade, seemed to back up those claims in a March 8 interview on "The Zach Sang Show," which was published just before charges were announced against her parents.

"I don’t know if I am supposed to say this, sorry Dad. But [he] was like never enrolled in college, he faked his way through it," Jade said. "Yeah, so then he started his whole business with tuition money that his parents thought was going to college."

Jade and her older sister, Isabella Rose, are technically still enrolled at USC as the school continues to investigate the scandal on a case-by-case basis, but they're not expected to return as students.

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