The warning came as part of an interview the U.S. attorney overseeing the couple’s case in the “Operation Varsity Blues” college admissions cheating scandal, Andrew Lelling, had with WCVB.
Loughlin and Giannulli, along with “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman, are among the most prominent names in a scandal where they allegedly paid “fixers” to game college admissions for their children.
Lelling indicated that Loughlin and Giannulli could face lighter sentences by pleading guilty now.
“I don’t think I’d be giving away any state secrets by saying we would probably ask for a higher sentence for her than we did for Felicity Huffman,” Lelling said in the interview.
Prison time would, of course, depend on the couple’s case moving forward and them being found guilty.
Huffman took a deal where she plead guilty and was ultimately sentenced to 14 days in jail; officials had asked for 30 days.
However, Loughlin and Giannulli were widely seen as “defiant” in fighting charges that they allegedly spent $500,000 to get their daughters into college.
Loughlin, meanwhile, lost her role on the Netflix “Full House” revival “Fuller House” and was edited out of a Hallmark Channel production.
She and her daughter also lost an endorsement deal with HP.