Felicity Huffman chose to accept responsibility and take a guilty plea on Tuesday. The plea may keep Huffman out of prison. Lori Loughlin chose to take a different route. Even after the FBI promised that more charges would be coming against some defendants, Loughlin stuck to her guns. Turns out the feds weren’t bluffing. Late Tuesday Laughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli were slapped with a new money laundering charge. This is still connected to the college admissions scandal, but a money laundering charge crosses over into some heavier stuff that may lead to some prison time for the “Fuller House” actress and her husband.
Rolling Stone Magazine (@rollingstone) reported, Loughlin and her husband have been charged with a superseding indictment that is connected to the original indictment for the college admissions scandal. The superseding indictment charges Loughlin with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, and conspiracy to commit money laundering. The money laundering charge is the heavy one. That charge carries a maximum sentence of 20-years in prison. The original charges were basically a white collar crime. They were originally charged for funneling bribes to college admissions officials through a fake charity. Pretty immoral stuff, but on the scales of criminality the charge is pretty lightweight. The feds offered most of the defendants charged in the original indictment a plea deal in exchange for a guilty plea. Felicity Huffman and 12 others jumped on that opportunity yesterday. Loughlin didn’t….or either was late to the party. Either way, something that could’ve been light-work, has turned into something pretty heavy for Loughlin and her husband. Especially if Loughlin and hubby decide to go to trial. Those guilty pleas that the others took didn’t come for free. They will likely be cooperating witnesses in the case against Loughlin, in exchange for lighter prison sentences. Stay tuned. This is a story I will definitely be keeping an eye on.