Lori Loughlin is facing the possibility of 40 years in jail.
The Full House star is confident, however, that she will never see the inside of a cell, according to a new report by Us Weekly on Thursday.
In the wake of the scandal, insiders have said multiple times that Lori and her husband Mossimo Gianulli think they will get of scot-free.
Legal woes: Lori Loughlinis confident, that she will never see the inside of a cell despite facing the possibility of 40 years in jail in the college admissions scandal, according to Us Weekly on Thursday
‘They believe they’ll be exonerated,’ a source told Us.
Adding that the pair is: ‘actively engaged in their defense.’
The source also shared that the 54-year-old actress and her husband ‘won’t even talk about taking any type of plea.’
This comes months after they rejected an earlier plea offer from federal prosecutors and were subsequently charged with more serious crimes in a superseding indictment.
‘They believe they’ll be exonerated,’ a source told Us Weekly. Adding that the pair is: ‘actively engaged in their defense.’
Loughlin and Gianulli are among dozens of prominent parents, athletic coaches and others charged in a sweeping college admissions bribery scam that has embroiled elite schools across the country, such as Stanford, Georgetown and Yale.
The couple is accused of allegedly paying $500,000 in bribes to get their two daughters Isabella and Olivia Jade into USC.
Actress Felicity Huffman was also charged in what feds dubbed operation Varsity Blues.
A handful of parents entered or planned to enter guilty pleas to the initial charges, including Huffman, and those who did not were later indicted the additional superseding charges.
Fighting the system: The source also shared that the 54-year-old actress and her husband ‘won’t even talk about taking any type of plea’ after they rejected an offer from prosecutors earlier this year
Best known for her role as Aunt Becky, Loughlin is worried she may get the book thrown at her by a judge just because she is famous.
In April, Lori pleaded not guilty to the charges and seems to think she will likely get off without jail time.
‘The more that [the attorneys] look at the alleged evidence against them, the better they feel about the case,’ a source close to Lori previously told People. ‘Everyone is feeling more and more confident that this could end well for them.’
Problems: Loughlin and husband Mossimo Gianulli are among dozens of prominent parents, charged in a sweeping college admissions bribery scam after they were accused of bribing their two daughters’ way into USC
An insider told People that Lori ‘would like’ the case to go to trial.
Adding: ‘[She] feels like she’s got a valid defense, and that when all the evidence comes out, that she won’t be found guilty.’
Loughlin and Giannulli filed court documents waiving their right to appear for an arraignment and entered not guilty pleas to the charges against them.
A Boston judge granted their requests, meaning they will not have to show up at federal court to be formally arraigned.
Drama: Best known for her role as Aunt Becky, Loughlin was worried she may get the book thrown at her by a judge just because she is famous but has become increasingly more confident that she will avoid prison
Sentencing for Felicity Huffman is scheduled for September and prosecutors are requesting four months in prison.
The actress is apparently ready for jail time, but is holding out for a more lenient sentence.
The Desperate Housewives star is ‘prepared to serve the four months behind bars if that’s what she’s ordered to do,’ a source told Us Weekly in June.
However, the 56-year-old is ‘hopeful that she’s a suitable candidate for a halfway house instead of prison confinement.’
Paying the price: Actress Felicity Huffman was also charged in what feds dubbed operation Varsity Blues. She pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing in September (Pictured leaving a Boston Federal Court after a hearing, Monday, May 13, 2019)