Lori Loughlin is Almost Definitely Going to Jail

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A day after Felcity Huffman pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud, we have an update on the other big name associated with this recent college admissions scandal.

What does the future hold for Lori Loughlin?

Lori Loughlin Off to Court

According to TMZ insiders, it will almost definitely include the inside of a prison cell.

This typically-reliable website reports that Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli have been offered a plea deal.

Prosecutors are fine with the couple not going to trial, but they are decidely NOT fine with the stars agreeing to any sort of arrangement that doesn't include time behind bars.

As previously reported, these lawyers are intent on making an example out of the wealthy defendents who were arrested back on March 12 for allegedly scheming and bribing their kids' way into college.

In Loughlin's case, prosecutors are offering her a plea bargain that involves a minimum of two years in jail.

And here's the thing: if these federal attorneys are offering prison time as a plea, and Loughlin turns it down, one has to imagine that they will only seek even more years in the clink if Loughlin turns it down. 

No word yet on whether the Fuller House actress is willing to agree to such terms.

Aunt Becky

Huffman, meanwhile, will be sentenced at a later date for her guilty plea...

... but prosecutors have only recommended around four months in jail for this actress, with a judge eventually having the final say on her punishment.

Why the stark difference between Loughlin's potential sentencing and that of Huffman? It's simply a matter of degrees.

Felicity has admitted to paying $15,000 to someone who helped arrange extra time for her daughter to take the SAT; along with a proctor actually going in and changing the teenager's test score.

Terrible and illegal, for sure.

Lori Loughlin at the People's Choice Awards

However, Loughlin and her husband are accused of shelling out $500,000 for an even crazier and ridiculous scheme:

They supposedly used this money to bribe officials at the University of Southern California, working with an employee at the school to pretend that their two daughters were athletic recruits who were on the crew team in high school.

This was simply not the case, however.

By using her wealth and status to get her children on an athletic recruit list, though, Loughlin was able to lower their admission standards and - presto! - they were granted entry to USC.

Based on video evidence, meanwhile, it doesn't appear as if Loughlin had any regrets about taking this action.

Olivia Jade and Lori Loughlin on Instagram

It's also clear that Loughlin's daughter, Olivia Jade, knew all about the scheme -- considering the willingly posed in a fake crew uniform in order to pass herself off as a recruit.

In a statement released yesterday, however, Huffman swears her child was in the dark.

This is what she said after pleading guilty:

I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done, I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those actions.

I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and the educational community.

My daughter knew absolutely nothing about my actions, and in my misguided and profoundly wrong way, I have betrayed her.

This transgression toward her and the public I will carry for the rest of my life. My desire to help my daughter is no excuse to break the law or engage in dishonesty.

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