A coming ruling in the college admissions scam could mean parents won't get much prison time

  • Prosecutors have said the victims are the universities and testing companies, and that the amount that the parents paid in the fraud should be used as a substitute for the victims' losses.
  • If Talwani sides with the probation office's arguments, the parents implicated in the case -- including Huffman and actress Lori Loughlin -- could face shorter possible prison sentences or even just probation.
  • These parents signed plea deals in which federal prosecutors agreed to recommend they get prison time at the low end of the federal sentencing guidelines range.
  • The plea deals use the respective totals to calculate how much prison time they should receive, so Semprevivo is facing a harsher sentence than Huffman.
  • In court on Tuesday, Judge Talwani pressed prosecutors and said that she needed to determine the amount of the loss suffered by victims in the case.

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