The Boston court date for actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli has been postponed.
They were originally scheduled to appear in court on March 29 along with other parents charged with participating in a college admissions cheating scam. But they asked to change the court date to April 15, Marathon Monday, due to "previously booked scheduling conflicts outside of Boston that interfere with their ability to be present on March 29, 2019."
A judge granted their motion to continue, but scheduled their court appearance for April 3 at 2:30 p.m. instead of April 15. That's the same date that actor Felicity Huffman is scheduled to appear. She had also originally been scheduled to appear in court on March 29 but requested a delay because she was going to be out of town.
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Loughlin, Giannulli and Huffman were among 50 people charged in the scheme in which wealthy parents allegedly bribed college coaches and other insiders to get their children into some of the nation's most selective schools.
The U.S. Justice Department have called it the biggest college admissions scam they've ever prosecuted. Other parents involved are prominent figures in law, finance, the food and beverage industry and other fields.
Prosecutors have said that they believe other parents were involved and that the investigation — dubbed Operation Varsity Blues — continues.
The parents are charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, a count that carries up to 20 years in prison, although defendants, especially first-time offenders, typically get far less than that.
Attorneys for at least some of the parents are likely already negotiating deals with prosecutors, experts say. Authorities have lots of leverage to push parents to plead guilty by promising to bring more charges, like tax evasion or money laundering, if they don't. Most parents could get merely a fine and community service.