This combination photo shows actress Lori Loughlin in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Feb. 27, 2018, left, and actress Felicity Huffman at the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sept. 17, 2018. Loughlin and Huffman are among 33 parents indicted in a sweeping college admissions bribery scandal. Both are charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud.

SALT LAKE CITY — Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin will appear in a Boston court Wednesday as the two most high-profile defendants in the college admissions scandal, The Los Angeles Times reports.

  • Wednesday will be the preliminary hearing for the two actresses, who “will face charges against them for the first time” and “will mark a key moment” for the two stars, according to the Los Angeles Times.
  • “The clock is now ticking and if actors don't make a deal, as sure as the sun rises they will be indicted by a federal grand jury," said Manny Medrano, a former federal prosecutor.

Context: Huffman and Loughlin were among dozens of parents who were accused of paying for their children to cheat on college entrance exams and allegedly falsify athletic records to allow them to attend elite schools, like the University of Southern California, Stanford University and Georgetown, among others, according to court records.

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Bigger picture: Some of the parents accused in the allegations “have already come out swinging, poking holes in the government’s case and strongly denying they did anything illegal,” according to the Los Angeles Times.