Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin didnt enter a plea today in their appearances in federal court in Boston in the widespread elite college bribery scheme they are both indicted in, but prison time for the Hollywood stars is looking more and more likely.
Mindful of the intense spotlight that the case is under, prosecutors are determined to see the American Crime and Fuller House actors spent some time behind bars if they are found guilty, sources tell Deadline. As the duo exited the federal courthouse in Beantown in the past few minutes, the expected rapped on the knuckles that such high profile white collar crime defendants typically receive is increasingly not an option for authorities.
The charges the Huffman and Loughlin face carry a potential maximum sentence of five years.
However, rumblings among law enforcement indicated that the actors more than likely looking at a penalty of somewhere around six months to just under two years. The actual time sentenced and potential probation and fines could in no small part depending on how much the duo cooperate with the on-going probe, Im told
The relatively short preliminary and fairly perfunctory hearing appearance Wednesday in The John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse in Boston by the heavily lawyered up Huffman and Loughlin comes just over two weeks after a swath of indictments came from the FBI and the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts for revealed 50 people in the nationwide $25 million scam by William Singer and his phony Key Worldwide Foundation to fast track kids of the wealthy to top schools with fake athletic credentials or phony SAT scores.
Among the 33 well-heeled parents arrested, Huffman and Loughlin are being charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud, according to the unsealed indictment.
In front of Magistrate Judge Page Kelly today, Huffman and Loughlin joined several other indicted parents in a fairly standard hearing where they were asked if they understood the charges they face. Individually, both had to ink paperwork related to their respectively bails of $250,000 and $1,000,000, turn over their passports and agree to a number of conditions involving talking to witnesses and more.
Now ex-When Calls The Heart lead Loughlin made a point of shaking hands with the three federal prosecutors before her segment of the hearing started.
The actor and Huffman also scored a small win when Judge Kelly denied the feds request that they should not be able to discuss the situation with their children or spouses. In Laughlins case, thats dramatically unrealistic as her husband is also under indictment. While Huffmans husband William H. Macy is cited in transcripts in the initial indictment, the Shameless actor is not a defendant in the case, at least not year.
Unlike Huffmans March 12 arraignment hearing in DTLA on March 12, Macy was not in court today in Boston.
Singer and several coaches from top schools entered guilty pleas on March 12. The ex-call center manager is said to be cooperating fully with authorities in what is a probe that is expected to see more high profile indictments and perhaps even charges from the I.R.S.
The charges the actors face carry a potential sentence of five years. However, rumblings among law enforcement indicated that Huffman and LoughlRead More – Source