The very different reactions to the scandal might mean very different fates for the pair of actresses.
The Desperate Housewives star, Felicity Huffman was quick to admit her guilt in the college bribery scandal, but “Aunt Becky” from Full House… eh, not so much.
Huffman could face up to ten months in jail, but Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are looking at a possible two years in the clink.
There are approximately 50 individuals allegedly involved in the bribery scam led by Rick Singer who was the “fixer” who collected more than $25 million from desperate parents to get their kids into elite colleges.
Fourteen parents entered pleas on Monday, with Huffman among them. Loughlin and Giannulli have not yet entered a plea.
Felicity Huffman is facing up to ten months in jail after admitting guilt in the college admissions scandal – but Lori Loughlin and her husband could be locked up for two years in a plea deal, experts have said.
The Full House star and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, have been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.
The family is alleged to have paid $500,000 to get around the system and ensure their children places at USC. They are accused of lying about their children being on rowing teams.
The amount they paid means that the minimum prison sentence offered in a plea deal will be between two and two-and-a-half years, reports TMZ.
So why such a big difference?
Huffman has entered her guilty plea quickly and her statement was filled with remorse. She said that she had “betrayed” her daughter Sofia by paying $15,000 to have her SAT results altered to help her get into a better school.
Her statement reads:
“I am pleading guilty to the charge brought against me by the United States Attorney’s Office.
“I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done, I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those actions.
“I am ashamed of the pain that I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and the educational community. I want to apologize to them and especially I want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices to support their children and do so honestly.
“My daughter knew absolutely nothing about my actions, and in my misguided and profoundly wrong way, I have betrayed her. This transgression toward her and the public I will carry for the rest of my life. My desire to help my daughter is no excuse to break the law or engage in dishonesty.”
Huffman was facing some serious jail time and a massive fine.
The maximum sentence for her charges is 20 years in prison, three years supervised release and a fine of $250,000.
She was charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud for paying someone to alter her 18-year-old daughter’s SAT results in December 2017.
Huffman has taken full responsibility for her actions and her husband, actor William H. Macy, was not charged in the scheme.
‘Well, the deal for people who pled out today – they got the best deal possible, former New York State prosecutor Adam Citron told Fox News.
‘It obviously helps that they’re pleading quickly as not to drag out the case and it shows that they’re accountable for their actions and they’re showing remorse.
‘I’m sure in the pre-trial interviews they present themselves as remorseful and they’re already making statements showing remorse.
‘So these are not stupid people – they know how to act to get the best deal and also play to the court to try and get the most lenient sentence possible.
Again, even though there was the seven to nine [months of possible prison time], the deal is in that zero to six range – which is the lowest you’re going to get.
Loughlin and Giannulli are accused of paying $500,000 to get their two girls enrolled into the University of Southern California by having them designated as recruits to the USC crew team. Neither of the girls are rowers.
It appears that Loughlin isn’t taking the accusation very seriously despite losing her job over it. She was spotted smiling and signing autographs for fans after landing in Boston. That doesn’t look good.
Citron criticized Loughlin after the actor was seen signing autographs for fans after landing at the airport in Boston, where the federal court case is being handled.
‘The optics look horrible for Lori Loughlin,’ he said.
‘The court wants to see that you’re taking this seriously, that you’re remorseful, that you’re accountable for your actions and not treating it like it’s a concert.
‘It’s a very serious proceeding with serious charges with a lot of ramifications…She should not have been treating this like it was a red carpet affair.
‘She feels unquenchable – she’s not taking this seriously.’
Source: Daily Mail
It’s not just treating the trial as a publicity event that’s causing problems for Loughlin. Today she was slapped with an additional charge of money laundering for allegedly bringing money from outside the U.S. into the country to promote the fraud.
Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, were charged last month with conspiracy to commit mail fraud for allegedly paying bribes totaling $500,000 to help their two daughters get into the University of Southern California. The new indictment adds a charge of money laundering against the couple and 14 other defendants accused in the scheme.
The second charge alleges that the parents funneled the bribes and other payments through a purported charity and for-profit corporation, and transferred money from outside of the U.S. into the country “for the purpose of promoting the fraud scheme,” the U.S. attorney’s office said.
Source: NBC News
Loughlin’s daughter, social media “influencer”, Olivia Jade has said that her parents’ actions have ruined her life after some lucrative endorsement deals were lost in the wake of the scandal.
It looks like Loughlin might be ruining her own life as well.
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