The famous couple has been accused of mail fraud and money laundering conspiracy. If the pair are convicted each crime could carry a 20-year prison sentence. Which is seriously scary stuff...
Though the couple was allowed to cut a plea deal for a reduced prison sentence they decided to persevere in claims of their innocence. Clearly, they'll be fighting this thing until the bitter end. The main defense the pair has widely been rumored to be using is that they did not understand their actions were illegal.
...I'm not in a position to judge (though it rarely stops me).
The source continued to say that Loughlin and Mossimo were comparable to other affluent families who made "donations" to schools to help their children secure a place there:
So if all the other rich parents jumped off a cliff, would you??
Whilst it's a fair point that questionable "donations" from parents are not a new phenomenon and rarely frowned upon, it hardly excuses Loughlin's and Mossimo's idea that buying their child a place would be acceptable while other kids (with the correct qualification they worked really hard for!) were turned down.
Understandably, Loughlin is reported to be a little concerned about how these charges will affect her reputation. The source claims,
The source summarised:
Loughlin's daughters were expected to take a place at the college by being falsely designated as recruits for the crew team, despite neither of the girls participating in the sport. Details such as this make it increasingly difficult to believe Loughlin's and Mossimo's actions were inadvertent. But like I say, I'm not in a place to judge...
There's been a lot of talk about whether the punishment will suit the crime in this case.
Whilst some are adamant that Loughlin and Mossimo receive no special treatment based on their celebrity status, others are worried that an example will be made of the couple through unnecessarily harsh punishments. I guess we can only hope that the truth comes to light and that the appropriate action is taken!