Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli have pleaded not guilty to mail fraud and money laundering conspiracy
A churchgoer tells PEOPLE that the couple, who attended an early morning mass without their daughters, have “been regulars at the church for years.”
“Even after they were charged, they have continued to visit the church,” the source says. “The Palm Sunday mass was very special. The church was packed. Everyone was dressed up and it felt very festive. Lori and Mossimo both celebrated The Lord by leading the palm procession through the church. They were asked by the priest to lead.”
“Mossimo hesitated, but Lori accepted the honor for both of them,” the source continues. “She didn’t seem uncomfortable in the spotlight. It was quite the opposite — she looked very happy and enthusiastic. Her husband was more quiet.”
According to the source, they stayed for the entirety of the service and left right after. Loughlin flashed a smile as the couple made their exit down the church steps with pamphlets in hand.
One day later, Loughlin, 54, and Giannulli, 55, pleaded not guilty in the case.
On March 12, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts announced that it had charged 50 people, including Felicity Huffman, Loughlin and her husband, in the cheating scandal. Along with coaches, admissions counselors and fellow parents, they were accused of alleged crimes such as falsifying SAT scores and lying about the athletic skills of their children.
Prosecutors alleged that Loughlin and her husband paid $500,000 to admissions consultant William “Rick” Singer and his nonprofit organization, Key Worldwide Foundation (“KWF”), which prosecutors said was actually a front for accepting bribes, to have their daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team — despite the fact that they did not participate in crew — thereby facilitating their admission to USC.” (Neither Olivia Jade, 19, and Isabella Rose, 20, are listed on the USC women’s rowing roster.)
Singer has since admitted his role as the ringleader of the scam and has pleaded guilty to multiple charges.
Last week, Loughlin and Giannulli were indicted on an additional charge of fraud and money laundering.
If convicted, they face up to 20 years in prison for each charge. Their attorneys have not returned PEOPLE’s requests for comment.
A source told PEOPLE earlier this month that Loughlin is attempting to maintain some sense of normalcy as she awaits her fate.
“While waiting for this to come to some conclusion, she’s trying to keep a somewhat regular schedule — going to yoga and pilates and seeing friends for lunch,” the source said. “She is very faith-based, and she knows her faith will get her through this.”
“She’s holding up well, given the circumstances,” the insider added. “She has a strong very strong faith that is helping her immensely. She loves her husband and her children very much.”