Lori Loughlin is beginning to learn that crime doesn't pay. While she may have thought she was doing a good thing for her daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella, but it's safe to say she's likely regretting her decisions now. Ever since she and 30 something other parents, including actress Felicity Huffman were found guilty of cheating on standardized tests and bribing college admissions officers to get their children into prestigious colleges, it has been one thing after another. One thing is very clear, the courts aren't taking this lightly. Now, it looks like Loughlin could be facing some serious jail time.
According to TMZ, Lori Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli could be facing years in prison. Because of the type of crimes they've committed as a part of Operation Varsity Blues, as the college admissions scandal is called. Loughlin and Giannulli paid around $500,000 to the "charity" Key Worldwide Foundation, run by criminal mastermind Rick Singer to get their daughters into the University of Southern California. The money was paid to the coaches of the crew team to admit the girls on the basis of being members of the team, except neither girl ever actually participated in the sport at any point.
Just today, we've learned that the couple, and 15 other parents are being indicted on charges of conspiracy and money laundering. Because they paid this money to Singer's fake charity, knowing full well that this money was being used to buy their kids' admissions. It seems that the amount of jail time they face is dependent on how much they paid, and since they paid so much, they're facing some serious jail time.
All of the parents involved in the scandal were offered a plea deal with the condition that jail time must be served. Some parents, including Huffman, have already copped a plea. Loughlin and Giannulli, along with over 30 other people have been offered pleas, but have yet to accept them. Since they're hesitating, the additional indictment charges of money laundering were added in an effort to hurry them up.
Initially, they were looking at a minimum of two to two and a half years of prison time because they paid so much money. But now that the conspiracy to commit money laundering charges have been added, they're looking at a minimum of four years, 9 months to five years, 11 months. And that's the bare minimum. The maximum? Somewhere in the range of 20 years. Plus, TMZ notes, since the charge is conspiracy to commit money laundering, those minimums can be ever higher.
Looks like they should probably make a decision quickly or else they will be in jail for a long time.