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PAYING THE PRICE

The Full House actress lived a charmed (and wealthy) life with her husband and 2 daughters. Then came indictments in a national college cheating scam. Inside her family crisis and the high-pressure lifestyle that may have caused her to go too far
DAY IN COURT Lori Loughlin, her husband, Mossimo Giannulli (second from right), and their legal team leaving Boston federal court on April 3.

For a woman facing up to 20 years in prison, Lori Loughlin appeared surprisingly unfazed. Heading into a Boston courthouse on April 3, where she faced a charge for mail fraud after her alleged participation in a massive college-admissions scandal, the Fuller House star, 54, cheerfully signed autographs and posed for photos with fans. In the week that followed, rather than hunker down at home amid the media frenzy, she continued to step out for yoga and Pilates classes, lunches with friends and even mundane tasks like going to the car wash. But on April 9, after she and her husband, fashion designer J. Mossimo Giannulli, 55, were slapped with a charge of money laundering and a possible additional two decades in prison, Loughlin’s calm exterior began to crumble. A neighborhood source says she seemed “out of it” after leaving her Bel Air home one morning only to drive around in circles for more than an hour as she talked on the phone. “Lori is realizing for the first time the magnitude of the situation,” says a close friend of Loughlin’s. “She’s scared.”

Loughlin never thought she’d face jail time for her part in the nationwide scam, in which 50 people were indicted for falsifying

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