Why Lori Loughlin Is Facing So Much More Prison Time Than Felicity Huffman for the College Admissions Scandal

Parents would do just about anything for their children — and in the recent case of some celebrities, that includes lying and cheating for their child’s spot in a prestigious university. CNN reminds us thus far, 50 people took part in either helping their kids cheat on their standardized tests for a higher score or bribing coaches on college sports teams to accept their kids as college athletes to get them into school. And among the accused are Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman.

The entire ordeal was set up by William Rick Singer, the CEO of a college admissions prep company. Recently, Singer pleaded guilty to fraud charges — and now, Loughlin and Huffman are facing federal charges, too. It seems Loughlin is in much more trouble than Huffman is, however, even though they were both involved. Here’s why.

Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman were both caught in the infamous college admissions scandal

Actress Lori Loughlin
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Dozens of parents are facing charges for their participating in the scandal, but at the forefront are Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman. While they both helped their kids cheat their way into school, the way they went about it was totally different. Huffman chose to pay upwards of $15,000 to have her daughter’s SAT score doctored after she took it so she’d get a higher score, The New York Times notes. Huffman has since pleaded guilty and shown real remorse. “My desire to help my daughter is no excuse to break the law or engage in dishonesty,” she noted.

Lori Loughlin’s case is totally different, however. The New York Times notes Loughlin and her husband chose to not plead guilty, though they’re accused of paying $500,000 in bribes so their daughters would be admitted to the University of Southern California on the basis that they were athletes on the crew team.

Loughlin is facing new charges that Huffman isn’t

Not only is Loughlin facing charges from the bribery, but according to CNN, she’s facing additional charges for money laundering. The charge was that Loughlin and her husband were “conspiring to launder bribes” through a fake charity set up by Singer. And while Huffman may have shown real regret for her actions, Loughlin has yet to speak publicly on the incident.

As for prison time, there’s a huge difference in what Loughlin might be facing versus what Huffman would get served with. CNN notes prosecutors want jail time for all involved here, though Huffman’s guilty plea may help her with her sentence. If she does face jail time, it could still be anywhere from six to 21 months, however.

In Loughlin’s case, she could be facing a maximum of 20 years in prison plus three years of supervised lease and a hefty fine of $250,000. It seems the money laundering charge is what’s giving her so many more years here.

Loughlin’s daughters aren’t allowed to withdraw from school for now, either

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Not only will Loughlin likely see many years in prison, but her daughters are also deeply affected by the fallout. US Weekly reports a statement from their university says, “USC has placed holds on the accounts of students who may be associated with the alleged admissions scheme,” which means her daughters, Bella and Olivia, will not be able to register for classes, withdraw from the school, or retrieve their college transcripts. After the case is thoroughly reviewed, it’s up to the university to decide if Bella and Olivia will be expelled.

As for how Loughlin’s daughters feel in this scenario, it’s difficult to say. Us Weekly notes Loughlin was seen hugging Isabella, but Olivia was allegedly not speaking to her parents, as she feels “hurt, devastated, and resentful,” according to a source. It also seems the girls wanted to withdraw from their university to avoid bullying as well, but currently, that request can’t be done.

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