Hollywood star Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband have been granted a delay for their initial appearance in federal court in Boston on charges in the nationwide college admissions cheating scandal that has ensnared dozens of wealthy parents, records show.
But they didn’t get as much time as they asked for.
In a brief motion filed Thursday in US District Court in Boston, William J. Trach, a lawyer for the power couple, requested that the pair’s appearance in the Hub be pushed back from March 29 to April 15 “or any other date that week that is convenient to the Court.”
But Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, have been ordered to appear on April 3, according to Christina DiIorio-Sterling, a spokeswoman for the US attorney’s office in Boston.
That’s the same day another Hollywood actress, Felicity Huffman, is due to make her initial appearance in the court, scheduled for 2:30 p.m., before Magistrate Judge M. Page Kelley, records show.
In requesting the extension, attorneys for the couple cited scheduling conflicts, court papers show.
“Defendants state that their counsel have previously-booked scheduling conflicts outside of Boston that interfere with their ability to be present on March 29, 2019,” Trach wrote, adding that the prosecutors take “no position on this Motion.”
Loughlin and Giannulli, are charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud for allegedly paying bribes to have their daughters falsely presented as athletic recruits at USC, facilitating their admission to the highly selective school.
Loughlin, best known for her roles on “Full House,” “Fuller House,” and “Beverly Hills 90210,” isn’t the only screen legend caught in the net.
Huffman, known for career-defining roles in the TV show “Desperate Housewives” and the film “Transamerica,” is charged with the same counts for allegedly paying to facilitate cheating on her daughter’s SAT.
And like a red carpet premiere, this case is big.
The government has charged 50 suspects in connection with the sprawling con that allegedly funneled some $25 million over several years into accounts controlled by William “Rick” Singer, the admitted ringleader.
Singer recently pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud the United States, and obstruction of justice. His sentencing is slated for June 19.