Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were among the 50 people charged in March as part of the college admissions scandal, in which parents are accused of paying up to $ 6 million to secure their children at elite colleges.
But a month later, they are looking at very different futures.
Huffman is facing less than a year in prison while Loughlin faces a 40-year sentence.
The difference comes down to his decisions: Huffman pleaded guilty, while Loughlin pleaded not guilty.
The actresses are also accused of investing huge amounts of money in the scheme: $ 15,000 for Huffman and $ 500,000 for Loughlin.
Huffman is accused of paying scheme leader Rick Singer to have his older daughter's SAT score falsified so she could get into the best colleges.
Prosecutors said in a criminal complaint that Huffman got his daughter to take the SAT at the West Hollywood Test Center, where her answers were later corrected, and that Huffman disguised the $ 15,000 as a charitable gift for disadvantaged youth.
The court document said Huffman also arranged for his youngest daughter to be part of the scheme, but then decided against it.
Huffman was among the 13 parents who pleaded guilty to the scheme two weeks ago. She pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge to commit mail fraud and honest mail fraud.
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A court order indicated Huffman's recommendation included a $ 20,000 fine and a year of supervised release. Prosecutors plan to seek a sentence of four to ten months, a police source told CNN. Huffman is due to appear in court on May 21 for a conviction hearing.
Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are accused of paying Singer $ 500,000 to ensure their daughters, Isabella and Olivia, are admitted to the University of Southern California.
Prosecutors said in the criminal complaint that Giannulli and Loughlin used tips to facilitate Isabella's admission to USC, making her represent a helmsman recruited, although she never participated in the sport. As part of the scheme, Giannulli sent Singer a picture of Isabella on a rowing machine, according to the court document.
Giannulli and Loughlin repeated the scheme for Olivia, according to the court document.
Loughlin and Giannulli were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest mail fraud, and they were among several parents charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Loughlin and Giannulli pleaded not guilty earlier this week and could now face up to 20 years in prison for each charge for a maximum sentence of 40 years.
Although Loughlin did not publicly address the allegations against her and her husband, people close to the actress of "Fuller House" told several news agencies that she did not take the charges seriously at first.