UPDATE: Lori Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli are among 16 parents who have been charged — in a second, superseding indictment — with one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud, and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.
In a statement, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts said, "The charge of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud provides for a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater."
The statement continued, "The charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering provides for a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $500,000 or twice the value of the property involved in the money laundering. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors."
Actress Lori Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli have reportedly been offered plea deals for their alleged roles in the college cheating scandal.
TMZ reports that prosecutors want prison time to be part of the deal — a minimum of two years. Due to the large amount of money alleged to have been paid in bribes, the couple is likely in more serious legal jeopardy than Felicity Huffman, who agreed to a plea deal after her “purported charitable contribution of $15,000... to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme,” which gave her daughter twice the amount of time to take the SAT. A secret proctor corrected her answers afterwards.
On Monday, Huffman pleaded guilty, saying in a statement, “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.”
While a plea deal hasn’t been agreed to yet, Loughlin is “holding up well, given the circumstances," a source told People magazine.“She has a very strong faith that is helping her immensely. She loves her husband and her children very much.”
“While waiting for this to come to some conclusion, she’s trying to keep a somewhat regular schedule — going to yoga and Pilates and seeing friends for lunch,” the insider added.
According to court documents, Loughlin and Giannulli "agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team — despite the fact that they did not participate in crew — thereby facilitating their admission to USC."
Over the weekend, Loughlin was seen publicly embracing her daughter Isabella Rose in Los Angeles.