Hot Pockets Heiress Faces 21 Months in Prison for College Admissions Scandal

February 25, 2020
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The Hot Pockets heiress is in some hot water.

Michelle Janavs, whose father invented the frozen snack Hot Pockets, is being sentenced Tuesday, February 25, in Boston federal court for her alleged involvement in the sweeping college admissions scandal.

Janavs plead guilty to paying $300,000 to Rick Singer, an admission consultant at the center of the scheme, to cheat the system and get her daughters enrolled in a prestigious university.

She reportedly paid $100,000 to have a proctor fix one daughter’s ACT exam answers and paid another $200,000 to enroll her other daughter as a fake beach volleyball recruit at the University of Southern California.

Prosecutors are seeking a 21-month sentence, three years of supervised release, a $175,000 fine, and 250 hours of community service for Janavs, according to Business Insider. 

They allege she’s one of the “most culpable parents” considering she engaged in the scheme multiple times.

In addition to the current charges, Janavs was also hit with charges of money laundering conspiracy, which was tacked on because of her refusal to immediately accept responsibility and plead guilty.

Janavs’ defense is painting a slightly different picture of her in court. They claim she’s a “dedicated mother” who fell for Singer’s “manipulative sales tactics” while trying to do what’s best for her children.

“The fallout from Michelle’s actions stand as a beacon to others that illegal shortcuts are a recipe for disaster, regardless of the punishment the court imposes on Michelle," her lawyers wrote, according to FOX.

Janavs isn’t the only high-profile parent involved in the elite scandal.

She joins “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman, who also plead guilty to a single count of conspiracy and fraud in May. She was the first parent to be sentenced among 34 charged in the scheme. She was sentenced to 14 days in prison.

“Full House” star Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, have plead “not guilty” to the multiple charges, which includes “conspiracy to commit fraud, money laundering and bribery.”

They allegedly paid Singer $500,000 to get their two daughters into USC as fake rowing recruits. However, the argument offered by the couple’s attorney is that they were under the impression that they were making “legitimate donations” to USC through a nonprofit operated by Singer.

Prosecutors also presented evidence that Loughlin and Giannulli rejected a “legitimate approach” of getting their daughters into the school.

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