Lawyers for Lori Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, filed new court documents on Monday, asking the court to suspend all motions by the government until their scheduled hearing on June 3.
According to the documents obtained by ET, 54-year-old Loughlin and 55-year-old Giannulli -- along with 15 other defendants -- have not received any evidence in their case and have been told by the government that it is "extremely voluminous." The defendants would like an opportunity to review the evidence before any motions are filed in court.
Loughlin and Giannulli are accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to get their daughters -- Olivia, 19, and Bella, 20 -- admitted to the University of Southern California as recruits for the crew team, even though neither of them participated in the sport. In March, they were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. On April 9, the couple was indicted in a second superseding indictment, which added a money laundering charge.
Loughlin and Giannulli have pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.
The charge of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud provides for a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater. The charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering provides for a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $500,000 or twice the value of the property involved in the money laundering.
Ultimately, if convicted and then sentenced to the maximum extent of the law, Loughlin and Giannulli could face up to 40 years in jail. Although, most experts agree that the chance of sentencing that severe is almost nonexistent.
A source recently told ET that, up until the second superseding indictment, Loughlin didn't believe she would face the possibility of serving time in prison.
"Lori still believed, in the end, she would just get a slap on the wrist," the source claimed. "At this point, she is getting complete clarity and she’s scared and in terrible shape."
"The reality of this situation has finally hit her like a ton of bricks," the source added. "It wasn’t until she was faced with [the] additional [charge] that she saw the true ramifications."
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