Lori Loughlin Faces Judge... and May Face 20 Years in Jail

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Lori Loughlin is best known for her role as Aunt Becky on Full House.

But it now seems clearer than ever that she may end in in the proverbial big house.

Lori Loughlin Goes Into Court

The actress, along with fellow star Felicity Huffman, appeared in front of a federal judge in Boston on Wednesday, April 3, regarding the pair's alleged roles in the nationwide college admissions scandal that continues to rock the country.

It's been widely expected ever since Loughlin and Huffman were indicted by the FBI that the women would come to some sort of plea bargain with authorities.

But even if this ends up being the case, TMZ talked to legal insiders who believe prosecutors will still push for jail time.

"You can't have people being treated differently because they have money. That's how we got to this place. Every defendant will be treated the same," says a TMZ source about Loughlin and Huffman.

The judge today told all defendants - including Loughlin’s husband, Mossimo Giannulli - that they face a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison, three years probation and a $250,000 fine. 

A day earlier, all 13 defendants were subsequently charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud.

Huffman

Loughlin and Giannulli were taken into custody last month after they were accused of paying bribes to ensure that their two daughters were accepted into the University of Southern California.

Their scheme worked and the teenagers did earn admission...

... but they are reportedly now leaving the school in the wake of this controversy.

Both actresses cited here were recorded on wiretapped calls discussing the scandal with ringleader William Rick Singer.

Huffman and her famous husband, William H. Macy, allegedly paid $15,000 to Singer in order to participate in a college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of their oldest daughter, Sofia Grace.

In this instance, she was given twice the amount of time to take the SAT as other students.

The FBI believes the proctor corrected her answers. As a result, Sofia  scored 1420 on her SAT, an improvement of approximately 400 points over her PSAT. All through some convoluted and really awful cheating.

Felicity Huffman Pic

Loughlin, meanwhile, has come under even more scorn and derision from the public.

According to court documents, she and Giannulli allegedly paid $500,000 “in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team — despite the fact that they did not participate in crew — thereby facilitating their admission to USC.”

They actually posed their kids in fake crew team uniforms and pretended the girls were members of a high school squad in order to get them on a special admissions list with lower standards.

It's widely assumed that Olivia Jade, a social media star in her own right, was well aware of the scandal at the time.

She has reportedly cut ties with her parents following their arrest.

Olivia Jade and Lori Loughlin on Instagram

In total, 47 people were charged by the feds in what they amazingly dubbed Operation Varsity Blues.

According to these same legal documents, the actresses and others allegedly paid as much as $6.5 million to get their kids into various schools; including Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and USC.

In all, the feds uncovered about $25 million in bribes.

That's insane!

Also insane? Some fans were lining up to get autographs from Loughlin outside the courthouse today.

Come on, people.

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