“Desperate Housewives” actress Felicity Huffman, was also charged for allegedly being involved in the same scandal that ensured privileged students could attend the prestigious universities, which they might not have been accepted otherwise.
Hallmark star Lori Loughlin had found herself in the midst of the college admissions bribery scandal and the way things are going, it doesn't look too well for the ‘Full House’ star. Apart from Lori, fellow actress Felicity Huffman could also be facing serious prison time for her alleged involvement in the scandal that has stunned the nation, reports Hollywood Life.
"If convicted, Loughlin, Huffman [and] Giannulli ... could face a maximum of 20 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine, though they could receive shorter sentences as first-time offenders," WGBH reported.
The two actresses appeared in federal court in Boston on April 3, and now it is up to them to decide how they want the case to go ahead. They could either decide to enter a guilty plea or the other option is to take their chances at trial for their alleged involvement in the college admissions bribery scandal.
But it doesn't look good either way for the actors, considering that the prosecutors are seeking a harsher punishment in the form of serious jail time. Lori was charged in March with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud. Although she did not enter a guilty plea, she knows the seriousness of charges leveled against her.
Not just Lori, but her husband and fashion designer Mossimo Gianulli has also been allegedly involved in the case. The prosecutors have said that many parents paid bribes in order to ensure their child gets admission into top universities in the US.
Loughlin’s eldest daughter had been applying for colleges in 2016, and federal prosecutors have claimed that the daughter got admission into University of Southern California, after the parents reportedly paid a massive bribe to the college authorities. They have also alleged that Lori and her husband did the same for their other daughter, who enrolled in USC last fall, reports Washington Post.
“Desperate Housewives” actress Felicity Huffman, was also charged for allegedly being involved in the same scandal that ensured privileged students could attend the prestigious colleges and universities, which they might not have been accepted otherwise.
On Wednesday, 13 parents among the total of 33 parents accused of being part of the scandal, had shown up in court along with the two high-profile actresses. They were all charged with conspiracy to commit mail and honest services mail fraud. Meanwhile, none of their children were charged in the scandal.
Although the jail time that Lori could face is still uncertain, many media publications have said she could face 5 years in prison. While several other reports claim that if found guilty, she could see herself facing a maximum of 20 years in prison.
“According to my calculations based on the separate allegations against both actresses, applicable federal sentencing tables call for a sentencing range of between 21-27 months for Felicity and between 37-46 months for Lori," Brad Bailey, a Boston criminal defense attorney told exclusively to HollywoodLife.com.
“If the allegation is a $15,000 fraud for Felicity, then 21 to 27 months is the applicable sentencing range that will be reflected in her plea agreement. However, if it’s $500,000 for Lori, the range I gave you for her will be set forth in her plea agreement,” he added.
However, a few other media reports claim that the chances of them going to prison are slim. “As far as the Hollywood folks that we’ve been talking about…the chances that they actually see jail time is low,” NBC News investigative reporter Tom Winter was quoted as saying by NPR. “There’s no violent crime associated with it, there’s no other broader crime that they committed beyond this."
Twitter has been buzzing with the news surrounding Lori's alleged involvement and the amount of prison time she could face. Many fans of the Hallmark star took to social media platforms to talk about how they felt.
One of them said, "Maybe #AuntBecky should've taken her own advice from the 1993 episode of Full House "Be True To Your Preschool" that it doesn't matter what school your kids go to as long as they're happy and well-adjusted."