Hot Pockets Heiress Michelle Janavs Gets 5 Months In Prison For Bribery
Hot Pocket heiress Michelle Janavs was sentenced to five months in prison on Tuesday for paying $300,000 for fraudulent schemes to help get her daughters into prominent colleges.
Janavs was not only sentenced to five months in prison, but she was also ordered to pay $250,000 fine and to have two-years of supervision after being released from prison.
In last October, Janavs pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, honest services mail and wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. In 2017, the DOJ’s statement reveals that Janavs paid $100,000 to a corrupt proctor to “correct” one of her daughter’s answers on the ACT test. Then in 2019, Janavs’ younger daughter also took the ACT and had her test scores corrected after the fact by the proctor. Janavs bribed a University of Southern California official a total of $200,000 to get her oldest daughter in as a volleyball recruit when her daughter didn’t even play the sport.
The initial sentence asked for by the government was 21 months. Yet her attorney John Littrell stated that her actual sentence reflects her true character.
“This crime does not define who she is,” Littrell said. “Michelle’s gonna be defined by what she’s done the rest of her life, and she has dedicated decades of her life to helping exactly the types of kids who were harmed in this case.”
Janavs stated that she was sorry for giving her children an unfair advantage. Tuesday’s sentencing was the second in as many days in the admissions scheme that’s resulted in two dozen people in six states, including actress Felicity Huffman, being sentenced. Actress Lori Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli, who paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to bribe colleges to get their children into select schools, have yet to be sentenced.