A sentencing report from the Probation Department that was submitted as part of the college admissions cheating case involving actress Felicity Huffman could become a factor in the case against fellow actress Lori Loughlin, TMZ reports.
The Probation Department reportedly found that Huffman, who TMZ notes pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges for paying $15,000 to “give her daughter a leg up on her college entry exam,” should get as little as no jail time. The department reportedly concluded that nobody suffered any loss due to her actions.
Prosecutors in the Huffman case have reportedly recommended a one-month sentence.
“We just got the Probation Dept’s sentencing report, and the reason the Department thinks no time behind bars is fine is because there is NO VICTIM,” TMZ reports. “The report is clear … no one lost a penny as a result of Felicity hiring someone to rig the SAT test. The Dept. repeatedly rebuffed prosecutors who claim various forms of loss, including emotional distress, harm to the reputation of the schools, etc.”
TMZ adds: “This may be the most important sentence, especially for defendants like Lori Loughlin — ‘There was no actual or intended loss.’ The word ‘intended’ is significant, because presumably Felicity wanted to get her daughter into a university — something that could displace another applicant — yet the Probation Dept. didn’t feel that was an INTENDED loss. This could help Lori argue there was no loss in her case as well.”