“Fuller House” star Lori Loughlin could potentially face more time behind bars after she was brought up on an additional charge relating to the college admissions scandal.
Last month, Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, were arrested for allegedly paying $500,000 in bribes to have their two daughters admitted to the University of Southern California.
Both were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years.
On Tuesday, Loughlin and Gianulli were additionally charged with money laundering alongside 14 other defendants implicated in the college admissions scheme, according to Fox News.
The actress didn’t enter a plea when she went to court in Boston last week. According to Fox News, she was not asked to. Now, any possible plea deals will be affected by the new charge.
The indictment released Tuesday said that the charge “provides for a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $500,000 or twice the value of the property involved in the money laundering.”
TMZ reports that prosecutors will now recommend that the judge impose a minimum sentence of four years and nine months to five years and 11 months.
Before the money laundering charge, a plea deal would have led to a recommended minimum sentence of two to two and a half years.
Legal analyst Rikki Klieman said:
“Felicity Huffman pleading guilty and giving such a perfect statement of remorse and contrition is a very bad sign for Lori Loughlin … If you go forward and fight this case you really could wind up with a sentence that is a lot of time in prison.
By having all these guilty pleas at one time … it’s to send a message out there to the remaining defendants that you better get in here and you better get in here quick.”
For now, Loughlin’s case is heading to court if she doesn’t make a deal.