Times may be desperate and the house may not be as full any longer, but some celebrities are in hot water today. As reported by TheInquisitr, Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin have been indicted, arrested for being part of a college admissions scheme which brought in millions of dollars. Despite their celebrity status, how much prison time are they actually looking at?
The scam filtered money through a California businessman, and was offered up to exam proctors and athletic coaches to help students get into Ivy League colleges and other high-profile schools. That money came from numerous celebrities and higher-up executives to help their children get those admissions.
Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman was arrested on Tuesday, and Fuller House actress Lori Loughlin turned herself in to the authorities on Wednesday. Loughlin had been filming in Canada before her return. The Inquisitr reported that there is a high likelihood these two won’t end up serving any time in prison, but that most certainly isn’t out of the question.
A lot of information will still need to be settled before prison time is determined, and it’s possible they could get community service, a fine, or something similar. Still, depending on the judge — and whether said judge chooses to hand down a harsher punishment — those on the list may find themselves behind bars.
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The amount of prison time that any of the 50 or so defendants could receive is all dependent on various circumstances. The judge will take into account just how much bribery money was offered up, the true extent of their guilt, and whether jail time is called for.
Numerous experts have weighed in on the possible sentences that Loughlin, Huffman, and others could receive. According to Law & Crime, the two television stars could honestly end up serving a number of months in prison — depending on their plea, and any deals that may end up being made.
Huffman allegedly made a $15,000 donation to a foundation that would actually help her oldest daughter pass the college entrance exam. If convicted at trial, she could end up with 12 to 18 months in prison. This sentence could be lowered to 8 to 14 months if she enters a guilty plea.
Loughlin allegedly made $500,000 worth of fake donations to the same charity — The Key Foundation Worldwide — to have athletic profiles made for both of her daughters, claiming that they were rowers. Neither of her daughters were on the rowing team, but those “donations” could earn her 37 to 46 months in prison if convicted at trial — or 27 to 33 months in prison with a guilty plea.
There is also the possibility of probation for both.
If true, and it certainly appears the US Attorney has the goods. Every one of these people should spend significant time in very nasty prisons. The wealthy have enough advantages without cheating. Someone didn't get into school because of these jerks. https://t.co/4iJk9raVKm— John D. Burns (@johnburnsnc) March 12, 2019
By the looks of social media platforms, most users don’t believe that this college admission scam will end up bringing about jail time for Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman, and others. Many critics don’t feel that a light punishment is acceptable, as less-famous suspects would have to do the time for doing the crime.
Only time, and the eventual ruling of the judge, will lend some closure to this case.