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By Scott Stump
Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin briefly appeared in federal court on Wednesday and did not plead, which means that for the moment, their case is about to result in a trial in the vast fraud scandal on college confessions.
The two actresses, charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest service fraud, dropped their preliminary hearings in five-minute appearances before Magistrate Mary Page Kelley in Boston.
The charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of $ 250,000. A plea agreement is always a possibility, but there is no public sign that either has taken or is taking it.
None of the actresses commented to reporters when entering the courthouse.
Loughlin, on bail of $ 1 million in March, looked cheerful and relaxed as she signed autographs for fans before her appearance and smiled at the crowd. She was also the only one to shake hands with federal prosecutors among the 12 parents accused in the ploy that appeared in court on Wednesday.
She was accompanied by her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, who was also indicted.
Huffman's husband, actor William H. Macy, was not charged and was not present in court.
The parents who appeared in court agreed to abandon their passports and not leave the country without authorization. The judge also gave them the latitude to discuss the case with family members, including their children, who could potentially be called to testify.
The two daughters of Loughlin and Giannulli, Isabella Giannulli and her younger sister, Olivia, both remain enrolled at the University of Southern California despite the scandal. Their parents have been accused of paying $ 500,000 to get them back to the USC as elite rowers, although none of them are northerners. participated in this sport.
Huffman is accused of having paid $ 15,000 so that someone can cheat on her daughter's SAT exam to improve her score.
Loughlin has already been dropped by Hallmark Channel and will not appear in the fifth season of Netflix's "Fuller House", according to The Hollywood Reporter. Huffman has upcoming roles on the Netflix projects that were shot before the scandal was made public.
"The future of these actresses as lifestyle gurus or brand creation opportunities, it's over, but as far as their work of actresses, I think that's what's going on." there is a way forward, "said Matthew Belloni, Hollywood Reporter, today.