Lori Loughlin was all smiles as she signed pictures leaving a Boston courthouse earlier this week. However, those smiles might be turned upside down in the near future, according to a federal law enforcement agent who states that Loughlin and Felicity Huffman will more than likely do some prison time. Both actresses paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to get their children into the colleges of their choice through different ways. Loughlin has since been dropped from the Hallmark channel and fired from Fuller House.
Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman each face a maximum of five years in prison if convicted of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. These are pretty serious charges. Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli are accused of paying ringleader Rick Singer $500,000 to get their daughters into USC, under the guise that they would be joining the crew team. Huffman is accused of paying someone an undisclosed amount of money to fix her daughter's SAT test and gave a charitable donation of $15,000. In addition to the two actresses, 50 other people have been charged of various other connected scams.
As for the two actresses receiving special treatment, law enforcement officials don't believe that will be the case this time around. One official says, "every defendant will be treated the same," and that, "you can't have people being treated differently because they have money." As of now, no plea deal has been made, but it looks highly likely both Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman will have jail time attached. However, it doesn't look like they will have to serve the full term. It is believed they could each face 6 months to 2 years.
Lori Loughlin had a parade of fans and detractors outside of the Boston courthouse earlier in the week. Many had signs reading, "Free Aunt Becky," or "Please Pay My Tuition." The Fuller House actress smiled as she signed autographs for her fans. As for her former castmates, Candace Cameron-Bure and Jodie Sweeting are standing by her side. They won't comment on the matters, but the actresses say they are "family, and they stand by each other." The cast of Fuller House probably wasn't privy to what Loughlin was doing for her daughters at the time.
For now, it looks like Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman will get some jail time if they are convicted, which is a good thing for the normal folks out there who commit crimes and have the book thrown at them. Regardless, Huffman and Loughlin have yet to be charged, so they are innocent until proven guilty. Now that the preliminary hearing is complete, the case should move pretty quickly, so Loughlin and Huffman will know soon if and when they need to prepare for some time behind bars. This is a developing story and more news is expected to drop soon. TMZ was the first to announce the jail time news.