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Lori Loughlin Likely Facing 'Substantially Higher' Prison Sentence Than Felicity Huffman

Rae Batchelor 9 Oct 2019

Actress Lori Loughlin, best known as Aunt Becky on Full House, was wrapped up in Operation Varsity Blues, or the College Admissions Scandal, earlier this year along with other rich and famous parents. They were accused of using their wealth to ensure their children's entry into university in various ways.

'Desperate Housewives' actress Felicity Huffman pled guilty to a $15k bribe to improve her daughter's SAT scores.

She was recently sentenced to a 14 day prison stay, a move which many found surprising and incredibly short.

However, Joseph B. Simons, a criminal attorney, explained to HollywoodLife why Lori's sentence would be much higher.

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"Sentencing is largely driven by the federal sentencing guidelines.

"The amount of money at issue in a fraud case substantially impacts the suggested sentence," Simons explained. "For example, Felicity Huffman pleaded guilty to spending $15,000 on the fraud. Her ‘guidelines’ sentence would have been 0-6 months, and the judge sentenced her to 14 days."

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Lori's case is incredibly different.

"Lori Loughlin is alleged to have spent over $500,000 in a fraud. By my calculations, a guilty plea would lead to a guidelines sentence of 21-27 months, while a conviction after trial would be between 30 and 37 months.”

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The prosecutor on Lori's case agreed with this sentiment.

When comparing the sentences between the two actresses, Andrew Lelling said, "I think certainly we’d be asking for something substantially higher. If she resolved her case short of trial, something a little lower than that. It’s tough to tell at this point."

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