Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli are among a list of 50 people who have been indicted as part of an alleged nationwide scheme

By Jodi Guglielmi
March 30, 2019 11:46 AM

Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli were spotted out for the first time since they were indicted and arrested for their alleged involvement in the nationwide college admissions cheating scandal.

The couple was photographed in Orange County, California, together on Thursday. Loughlin, 54, and Giannulli, 55, appeared tense as they sat and talked outside.

A source told PEOPLE that Loughlin, Giannulli and their daughters Olivia Jade, 19, and Isabella Rose, 20, were “laying low” at their house in Bel Air, California in the wake of the scandal.

Loughlin and the fashion designer are set to appear in court next week to face a felony charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

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“They can’t wait for the court hearing next week to be done with,” the source said. “It’s very hard for them to think about other things right now.”

“They are both feeling very stressed out,” the source added.

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Loughlin and Giannulli are among a list of 50 people who have been indicted as part of an alleged nationwide scheme, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts.

“Dozens of individuals involved in a nationwide conspiracy that facilitated cheating on college entrance exams and the admission of students to elite universities as purported athletic recruits were arrested by federal agents in multiple states and charged in documents unsealed on March 12, 2019, in federal court in Boston,” the release said.

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The indictment alleges the couple “agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two 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 or Isabella are listed on the USC women’s rowing roster.)

A source previously told PEOPLE last week that many of the couple’s friends have been distancing themselves from them.

“Lori and Mossimo are finding out quickly who their real friends are,” the insider said. “It’s not like they are the victims of a crime. They are the crime.”

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“Many of their friends don’t want to be associated with them right now,” the source added. “Their friends are shocked at the allegations.”

A second source told PEOPLE that those who know Loughlin were deeply upset to learn of her alleged involvement in the crime.

“Lori has always been a no nonsense, seemingly together woman who knows what she wants and goes for it with zest,” said the source. “She exudes both confidence and folksy charm at the same time. This issue is shocking and greatly saddens many people. I’ve heard she is devastated, and the whole family wants to hide from the world.”

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