Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were among the dozen or so other parents to report to their first court appearance Wednesday in the college admissions fraud investigation. The case includes 33 parents and 9 college coaches; they have been accused of shelling out $25 million between 2011 and 2019 on the alleged scheme.
A scrum of photographers and onlookers waited outside of the Boston federal courthouse to get a glimpse of these parents who have become symbols of what many say is a rigged college admissions system. Many of those charged, including Loughlin and Huffman, have left or been fired from jobs. William Singer was the alleged ringleader of the scheme, and he reportedly cooperated with authorities to bring parents, teachers and coaches who conspired with him down.
Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli are accused of paying $500K to falsify documents stating their daughters were being recruited to the University of Southern California’s crew team. The Hallmark Channel and Fuller House have cut ties with her, though the cast has stood by her side.
Huffman has been accused of paying $15,000 to help her daughter cheat on her SATs. Netflix, where she has two projects in the hopper, has not yet commented on the scandal.
Their interviews with the judge each lasted less than five minutes, according to The New York Times. According to TMZ, both are considering plea deals, but if they do opt for them, they would still face jail time.
Neither star entered a plea Wednesday and remain free on bail; Loughlin and Giannulli are free on $1 million bail, Huffman is out on $250K. Her husband William H. Macy has not been charged in the case.