Lori Loughlin Regrets Not Taking A Plea Deal Like What Felicity Huffman Did Amid Scandal
“Full House” actress Lori Loughlin has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy charges in the college admissions scandal while “Desperate Housewives” actress Felicity Huffman took a plea deal along with several other parents in exchange for low jail time. However, now Loughlin is reportedly regretting not taking the plea deal offered by prosecutors, but it’s too little too late.
A source told US Weekly that Loughlin is now having second thoughts about her plea in the college admissions scandal. The insider told the magazine, “Lori regrets not doing what Felicity [Huffman] did.”
Court filings show Loughlin is pleading 'not guilty' to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Prosecutors claim Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli paid half a million dollars to a fake charity to have their two daughters accepted into the University of Southern California.
Huffman was also charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud. However, her 'guilty' plea could now be exchanged for low jail time and no further charges being brought against her. She had been found to have paid $15,000 to a charity that facilitated helping her daughter cheat on her SATs. The actress released a statement that said,
"I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter... I want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices to support their children and do so honestly."
In the beginning, Loughlin was reportedly confident about she and her husband’s case.
Sources close to Loughlin told E! News, "She has been in complete denial and thought maybe she could skate by," the source explains. "She refused to accept any jail time and thought the DA was bluffing. She was adamant she wouldn't do any jail time."
But Loughlin was hit with an additional money laundering charge just a day after Huffman and the other parents agreed to plead guilty,
The source tells the magazine “Lori was inclined to take the deal, but Mossimo said it would ruin both of their careers.” The couple would have had to spend two years in prison if they accepted the deal. If Loughlin is found guilty by a jury on the two counts she and her husband could be facing 20 years in jail per charge.
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