We just want to know what the future holds for Aunt Becky!
And legal experts are weighing in with their opinions on the latest college admissions bribery scandal.
After news broke on Tuesday that Full House’s Lori Loughlin and Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman were among the 50 people allegedly involved in the college gate mess, fans are starting to wonder if prison is in their future.
Legal expert James Leonard Jr. spoke with People about the future of the involved moms, saying while he believes prison definitely could happen, it is not super likely.
“This is a federal prosecution brought forth by the Department of Justice that carries with it potential life-altering consequences for those involved,” he said.
“The stakes could not be higher.”
He explains that a custodial term is always a possibility when charged with felonies, however, the question to ask is if it’s a probability, and in this case, he does not see it as a probability with respect to the parent’s involvement.
Huffman is accused of giving $15,000 “to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her oldest daughter,” by the indictment.
That bulk of the money went to a man who used it to pay off SAT proctors to raise Huffman’s daughter’s exam score.
Her final score ended up being listed as 1420, which was 400 points higher than what she originally earned on her PSAT.
As for Loughlin, she is accused of paying $500,000 to have her daughters, including social media personality Olivia Jade, selected as recruits to the USC crew team after posing her kids on rowing machines.
Neither child has ever been on a rowing team.
Federal court records revealed Tuesday that 50 people have been charged, as part of the nationwide scheme, according to a release from the U.S Attorney’s Office in Massachusettes.
Huffman has been arrested and is in custody. She will be released on a bond, confirming her attendance in court at a later announced time.
The scam reportedly broke after authorities discovered a California businessman who ran an operation that helped students get into the college of their choice.
Authorities say parents would pay big bucks and this man would send the fake scores to an SAT or ACT administrator, or to a college coach.
“At the end of the day, we are talking about parents who tried to help their children,” Leonard said, “and crossed the line in doing so.”
Yes, a very expensive and very illegal line.
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