Felicity Huffman And Lori Loughlin Could Face Prison Time

It's looking like Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin could spend time behind bars for their alleged part in the college cheating scandal.

The TV stars appeared separately at a Boston court today to face felony charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

Prosecutors are alleging that Loughlin and her fashion designer husband -- Mossimo Giannulli -- paid $500, 000 to secure their daughters' admission to the University of Southern California as rowing recruits, despite neither of them being rowers.

Huffman is accused of paying a $15,000 'donation' to admissions consultant William 'Rick' Singer' to correct her daughter's SAT exam paper. Huffman's husband William H. Macy has not, as yet, been charged in 'Operation Varsity Blues'.

The well-known actors are among 50 parents who have been charged in the alleged scams. 

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According to US Weekly, a federal judge in Boston told all the accused that the charges they faced carried a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

TIME is reporting that first-time offenders are "typically" handed down just a fraction of that time and that prison could be avoided if the parents plead guilty.

Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin appear in a Boston court facing charges for what is being called the biggest college admissions scam in US history. Source: Getty.

Loughlin's career has already suffered from her alleged part in the cheating scandal. The actor has reportedly lost her role as Aunt Becky on Fuller House and the Hallmark network announced it had dropped Loughlin from planned roles.

Olivia Jade -- the eldest daughter of Loughlin and Giannulli -- has also lost a number of sponsorship deals in her role as a YouTube influencer. Brands including Sephora have distanced themselves from the influencer.

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