Officials stated Monday that “Full House” star Lori Loughlin was one of 11 parents hit with extra costs in connection to the sweeping college cheating scandal; the same day, the news reported the actress might go for a plea deal.
Loughlin, her fashion-designer husband Mossimo Giannulli, and nine others have been charged for conspiracy to commit federal program bribery “by bribing workers of the University of Southern California (USC) to facilitate their children’s admission,” the Department of Justice stated in a press release.
The parents are part of a broad conspiracy ring that came to light in March, where around 50 parents have been charged in a federal investigation, now known as “Varsity Blues.”
The increased charges have been announced the day after four parents, including three former CEOs, pleaded responsible to costs associated with the case.
Meanwhile, earlier Tuesday, the news reported that the U.S. Attorney’s Office could be more inclined to offer Loughlin a plea bargain within the wake of fellow actress and “Varsity Blues” parent Felicity Huffman’s sentence of 14 days in the prison.
Huffman was sentenced in September to two weeks in jail for paying $15,000 to have her daughter’s SAT scores fixed in 2017. She pleaded guilty in May and reported to the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California, on Tuesday.
Loughlin was accused of paying approximately $500,000 to make nonexistent positions for their daughters on the University of Southern California’s crew staff, even though neither had ever taken part in the sport. They pleaded not guilty in April.
Federal prosecutors are rising “fearful it’ll become an embarrassment for the workplace if Lori goes to trial, gets convicted and gets a short sentence,” the news reported, including that the “U.S. Attorney is open to plea discussions, and that’s far more likely now that a possible sentence for Lori could be measured in weeks and not years.”
Loughlin’s attorney didn’t immediately reply to the news channel request for comment.