Actress Felicity Huffman began serving time in Dublin, California, this week at a federal prison that Forbes once said was among the "cushiest" in the country. The spouses of more than 20 years are not separating their ways yet but in future it can happen.
In the snaps, Huffman, 56, wears sneakers and a prison-issue blouse and trousers, with her hair bundled under a plain white baseball cap, as she walks between buildings on family visiting day.
Seven parents who pleaded guilty to conspiracy fraud have been sentenced for their roles in the college admissions scam.
Huffman has admitted to paying $15,000 to help get her eldest daughter, 19-year-old Sophia, into an elite college by cheating on the Saturday.
Huffman will be sought after by Loughlin, who opted not to plead guilty in the same scheme and is fighting the charges along with her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli.
"She feels like Felicity's time in jail will be an indicator on her own time, and she's extremely curious to know how it goes".
"She took responsibility nearly immediately", Andrew Lelling, whose office is prosecuting the case, said.
The decision to place her there was ultimately made by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
The source said Loughlin tried to get in touch with Huffman before the latter reported to prison but apparently was not successful. Her case is coming soon.
"She wanted to encourage her, and see how she was doing", the source told People Magazine. "But if she does end up serving time in prison, she wants to know what she's getting into".
U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Andrew Lelling warned that Loughlin will likely get a far harsher sentence than Huffman did.
The star took to his Twitter account to say that no one involved in "college fraud cases should go to jail". "I think certainly we would ask for something substantially higher", he said earlier this month, according to New York Daily News.
Based on outcomes for Huffman and other defendants, Loughlin should be in panic mode right now. "She is looking forward to putting this all behind her", the source added.