'Full House' to big house

Wealthy parents accused of paying bribes to get their kids into elite universities could get off the hook with only probation and a fine.

Posted: Mar. 21, 2019 4:11 AM

BOSTON (AP) - Could Aunt Becky be headed to prison? Experts say it may go either way.

Some lawyers say a number of the wealthy parents accused of paying bribes to get their kids into elite universities may get short stints behind bars, if convicted, to send a message that the privileged are not above the law.

Others predict that most, if not all, will end up with probation and a fine, particularly if they quickly agree to accept responsibility and cooperate.

The parents arrested last week include Hollywood stars Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin (LAWK'-lin) as well as prominent figures in law, finance, fashion, the food and beverage industry and other fields.

They face a charge that carries up to 20 years in prison, although first-time offenders would get far less than that.

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