Fellow Hollywood star Felicity Huffman got two weeks in the clink for her role in the college admissions scam, but Lori Loughlin will likely face much more time behind bars, says U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts, Andrew Lelling.
First of all, Huffman only paid out $15K in bribes to help her daughter cheat on the SATs, while Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli have been accused of shelling out $500K in bribes to get their daughters into USC. Also, Huffman pleaded guilty in exchange for a lighter sentence, while Loughlin and Giannulli are pleading not guilty.
Lelling said: “We will probably ask for a higher sentence for [Loughlin] than we did for Felicity Huffman. I can’t tell you what that would be.”
“It just happened to be that Ms. Huffman was probably the least culpable of the defendants who we’ve charged in that case,” he said. “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.”
Huffman will report to prison on October 25th. Loughlin and Giannulli face 40 years behind bars if convicted on all charges. They are next due in court on January 17th for a status update.