Lori Loughlin has hired a prison expert in the event she must do time behind bars

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Yahoo reports that actress Lori Loughlin has chosen to hire an expert to help prepare her for spending time behind bars, just in case she is ordered to do so. 

“She has someone who is advising her what to do in case she loses her case and goes to prison. The adviser is there to help her learn the ropes. That’s not to be construed that she thinks she’s going to lose her case. Lori is a planner, and she is doing what she needs to do for all contingencies.”

“Table manners are different; social interactions are different,” the source explained. “Here on the outside, eye contact is a good thing. You meet someone and you shake their hands and stare them in the eyes. In prison, you might not do that. You don’t want to challenge someone.”

2019 was not a smooth year for Loughlin. In March, news broke that both Loughlin and her husband, Italian fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, were included in a group of parents who are accused of helping their children get into high-profile colleges by helping them to inflate their scores on college entrance exams and bribing college administrators to let them in as student-athletes.  

Giannulli and Loughlin allegedly bribed University of Southern California admissions officials with $500,000 to make their daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose, look as if they were rowing team recruits. 

In April, Loughlin was indicted on more charges, including "conspiring to launder the bribes and other payment in furtherance of the fraud by funneling them through [Rick] Singer's purported charity and his for-profit corporation," per TMZ. She refused a plea deal that could cost her more time in prison, if that's where she ends up. It is possible that Loughlin could spend up to 45 years in prison.