The U.S. Attorney prosecuting Lori Loughlin for allegedly paying $500,000 in bribes to get her daughters into USC says he’ll be looking to slam the Fuller House with a much harsher sentence than fellow scandal mom Felicity Huffman got if she doesn’t cop a plea.
While last month Huffman was sentenced to just 14 days in prison she pled guilty to paying Operation Varsity Blues mastermind Rick Singer $15,000 to fix her daughter’s SAT scores, Loughlin and designer husband Mossimo Giannulli have maintained their innocence and intend to fight the rap, which seems to rub Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling the wrong way.
As Deadline reports, Lelling told Boston’s WCVB Sunday, “If she is convicted, we would probably ask for a higher sentence for her than we did for Felicity Huffman. I can’t tell you what that would be.”
Lelling was being coy. In fact, if Loughlin were convicted on all charges, she could face up to 40 years in prison and $1 million in fines.
After Huffman pleaded guilty, she gave a statement to the court, which read, “I broke the law. I have admitted that and I pleaded guilty to this crime. There are no excuses or justifications for my actions. Period.”
Lelling praised the move as “classy.” Loughlin and Giannulli, on the other hand, plead not guilty in April and refused to cooperate with the feds, at which point they were slammed with an additional charge of money laundering.
Apparently still hoping to make a deal, Lelling warned that his team would not look kindly on Loughlin if she struck out with a jury, saying, “If it is after trial, we would ask for something substantially higher. If she resolved it before trial, something lower than that.”
Loughlin and Giannulli are currently out on $1 million bond. Their younger daughter, Olivia Jade, meanwhile, has said that she didn’t necessarily want to go to college in the first place, and left USC this summer to continue her career as a social media influencer.