Lori Loughlin is most likely to face a harsher sentence than Felicity Huffman for the scandal revolving college admissions. US Attorney Andrew Lelling talks about their convictions, and what he feels about them in an interview.
Lori Loughlin, 55, allegedly gave a bribe of $500,000 to have her daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose, designated as crew team recruits for USC, even though they had never rowed, according to the March indictment.
Prosecutors had alleged in the original criminal complaint against the couple that Loughlin paid $500,000 to admissions consultant William “Rick” Singer and his alleged nonprofit organization, Key Worldwide Foundation (“KWF”). Apparently, this nonprofit organization is a front for accepting bribes.
US Attorney Andrew Lelling told Boston’s WCVB that when Loghlin will be prosecuted, they will be asking for a harsher sentence than Huffman received. The reason behind this is the different nature of their allegations. Lelling said that he could not reveal what the sentence would be, but they are trying for a harsher one.
Even in the case of Felicity Huffman, the plea was for a month’s imprisonment, which was brought down to 14 days. According to Lelling, Ms. Huffman was probably the least culpable of the defendants who were charged in the case. Huffman took responsibility immediately, she was contrite, and she did not try to minimize her conduct. According to Andrew Lelling, Felicity handled the whole matter extremely well.
Andrew also said that he was happy Huffman was prosecuted. He said, “I think it sent a clear message to the other parents involved that there really is a good chance if you’re convicted of the offense, you’re going to go to prison for some period of time.”
Lori Loughlin’s trial is most likely to be processed after a month. Lori Loughlin and her spouse were hit hard by allegations of money laundering. The couple is currently out on bail.