Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin appeared in federal court Wednesday to face charges in the college bribery scandal that has hit a number of wealthy parents.
“The two actresses and Loughlin’s fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, said little during the brief hearing in a packed Boston courtroom and were not asked to enter a plea,” the AP reports. “They remain free on bail. Several other parents were given similar hearings of a few minutes each.”
The report adds: “The proceedings came three weeks after 50 people were charged with taking part in a scheme in which parents bribed coaches and helped rig test scores to get their children into some of the nation’s most selective universities, including Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and the University of Southern California.”
Huffman, Loughlin and Giannulli have not commented publicly on the allegations.
“They and others are charged with conspiracy and fraud, which carries up to 20 years in prison. But first-time offenders typically get only a fraction of that, and experts said some parents may avoid prison if they quickly agree to plead guilty,” the AP notes. “Other parents charged in the case include the former co-chairman of an international law firm and the former head of a Silicon Valley venture capital firm.”