Page Pate discusses possible sentence in college admissions case

Federal Sentencing Lawyer

Page Pate was quoted in Newsweek discussing the potential sentence actress Lori Loughlin could face if convicted of charges in connection with a college admissions acceptance scam.

Pate said, “Federal sentencing guidelines for fraud are primarily based on the amount of money involved, how sophisticated the fraud was, what role the person played in the alleged scheme, and whether they were the ‘leader, middle, [or] low-end.” With that in mind, Loughlin could look at “37-46 months if convicted at trial” and between “27-33 months [if she enters a] guilty plea.”

Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli are charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud. They allegedly paid bribes totally $500,000 to ensure their daughters’ admission to the University of Southern California as designated recruits for the school’s crew team, even though neither girl has ever participated in crew.