The Department of Justice announced on Friday, June 21, that California man Toby MacFarlane pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, which are the same charges that Loughlin and Giannulli are facing.
MacFarlane's plea agreement involved 15 months in prison, a year of supervised release, a $95,000 penalty and an unspecified amount of restitution for his crimes, according to my report for the Deseret News.
MacFarlane’s plea might give us an idea of the sort of plea deal that Loughlin and Giannulli turned down.
“The MacFarlane plea is relevant to Loughlin and Giannulli because of the level of the offense — that is, how much money was allegedly involved. Plus, the details of the allegations were quite similar,” according to Law and Crime.
MacFarlane reportedly paid $450,000 in bribes so his children would be athletic recruits for the University of Southern California, according to USA Today.
“As the government noted in the MacFarlane case, conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail could (very theoretically) have resulted in a maximum of 20 years in prison. The same was initially true for Loughlin and Giannulli. As MacFarlane’s deal shows, serious potential peril was reduced to 15 months through acceptance of responsibility,” according to Law and Crime.