Lori Loughlin in Deep Trouble, Facing New Charges in College Admissions Case
They say there is always a light at the end of the tunnel, but actress Lori Loughlin is going to have to look a little harder to find the silver lining in her situation.
She is now facing a new charge in connection with the college admissions scandal.
What are Lori Loughlin’s new charges?
On Tuesday, a grand jury handed down additional charges on Loughlin, her husband Mossimo Giannulli, and nine other people in connection with the case.
These new charges allege that the parents conspired to commit federal program bribery. This was done by bribing the employees of the University of Southern California to grant their children admission.
What was Loughlin charged with originally?
Earlier this year, Loughlin, along with actress Felicity Huffman and other parents, was indicted in the college admissions scandal.
“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,” a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts read.
Loughlin and her husband have been accused of paying around $500,000 in bribes so that their children, Olivia Jade and Bella Giannulli, could get into USC as recruits for the crew team, despite having never rowed crew. They were also charged with committing fraud and money laundering in April. The couple has pled not guilty to all charges.
How much jail time is Loughlin facing?
According to Entertainment Tonight, the conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud could land Loughlin in prison for 20 years and stick her with a hefty fine of $250,000.
The conspiracy to commit money laundering charge could also send Loughlin to prison for a maximum of 20 years, with three years of supervised release, and a fine of $500,000.
The federal programs bribery charge could result in 10 years in prison, with three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000.
Why is Felicity Huffman only serving two weeks?
While Loughlin is facing some serious charges, fellow Hollywood actress, Huffman is only serving two weeks in prison.
“Ms. Huffman was probably the least culpable of the defendants who we’ve charged in that case,” U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said on the WCVB show, On the Record. “One of the things we look to is how much money was involved. She spent about $15,000 to have her daughter get a fake SAT score. But there were a few things working in her favor. She took responsibility almost immediately. She was contrite, did not try to minimize her conduct. I think she handled it in a very classy way.”
Loughlin, on the other hand, never admitted guilt and rejected the plea deal that was given to her.
“If she’s convicted, I don’t think I’m giving away any state secrets by saying that we would probably ask for a higher sentence for her than we did for Felicity Huffman. I can’t tell you exactly what that would be,” Lelling said.