An heiress to the Hot Pockets microwaveable snack fortune was sentenced Tuesday to serve five months in prison for trying to buy her daughters’ way into college as part of the nationwide admissions scandal.
Michelle Janavs, 49, whose family invented Hot Pockets in 1983 before selling the company, was also sentenced to two years of supervised release and ordered to pay a $250,000 fine when she learned her fate in Boston federal court.
“It is certainly true that the vast majority of parents truly love their children and want their children to get into their college of choice,” said U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton as he handed down his sentence, USA Today reported.
“But those same parents don’t try to brazenly get their children into a side-door by bribing college officials,” he went on. “They love their children as much as you do.”
Janavs admitted to paying $100,000 to have someone fix the answers on her two daughters’ ACT exams.
She also agreed to spend another $200,000 to have one daughter recruited as a beach volleyball player at the University of Southern California — but she was arrested before her daughter could be admitted and had not yet coughed up all the cash, prosecutors said.
The payouts were sent to corrupt “college advisor” William “Rick” Singer and his pals via his phony charitable organization, the Key Worldwide Foundation.
Janavs was one a slew of well-heeled parents and celebrities arrested for paying Singer to secure their kids’ placement at top schools by inflating their athletic or academic bona fides.
In Janavs’ case, Singer enlisted a corrupt test administrator, Igor Dvorskiy as well as a crooked proctor, Mark Riddell, to review and correct her daughter’s answers in exchange for bribes, prosecutors say.
All three have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing