Prosecutors are keen to put Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin behind bars in the college admissions cheating scandal, sources tell People.
"They want to send a clear message, and that message includes jail time," the source says. "Prosecutors know this is a high profile case and they want to make an example of the defendants."
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts charged 50 people, including the stars and Loughlin’s designer husband Mossimo Giannulli, in a widespread fraud encompassing coaches and counselors as well as parents, of falsifying SAT scores and athletic records to get their kids in schools like Yale and University of Southern Cal.
Huffman has been accused of paying $15K and has pleaded guilty. Loughlin and Giannulli have been accused of shelling out $500K and have not pleaded guilty, reportedly because the size of their alleged bribe makes their jail time lengthier. (Loughlin is looking at 20 years, while Huffman is looking at 1, per reports).
"The prosecutors are saying that the only way anyone’s going to escape jail time is if they go to trial and are found not guilty," says the source. "But they’re saying the they have such meticulous evidence that it would be foolish to take that risk."
Huffman’s husband William H. Macy has not been charged. The 69-year-old Shameless star was spotted out and about in L.A. on Tuesday. The scandal has reportedly caused a conflict in their marriage.