Michelle Janavs has been sentenced to five months in prison for her role in the college admissions scandal.
Tuesday in Boston, U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton imposed the ruling after the Hot Pockets heiress pleaded guilty to paying $100,000 to “Operation Varsity Blues” organizer William “Rick” Singer to help her two daughters cheat on their university entrance exams.
Prosecutors also said the former Chef America Inc. executive agreed to pay another $200,000 for one of her daughters to be set up to look like a beach volleyball recruit to get admitted to the University of Southern California. (The school has since rescinded her daughter’s admissions offer.)
Per TMZ, prosecutors criticized Janavs, saying she had an "attitude that she is untouchable" and that "no one could stop her." They recommended a 21-month prison term, calling her one of the "most culpable parents," who refused to accept responsibility for her actions until months before her sentencing.
Janavs’ lawyers asked for their client to serve no jail time, describing her as a "generous and selfless" person who is "the rock of her family." Her counsel even mentioned a time when she dressed up as “the Candy Monster” to talk to kids about childhood hunger.
Though Gorton imposed a lower sentence than what was suggested by prosecutors, he rejected her request for probation, saying she deserved jail time for “deliberately corrupting the college admissions system.” He also ordered Janavs to pay a $250,000 fine.
In March 2019, Singer pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud the U.S., and obstruction of justice.
Months later in September, actress Felicity Huffman — who was accused of bribing a test proctor with $15,000 to redo daughter Sophia’s SAT test — was sentenced to 14 days in prison after pleading guilty to mail fraud. She began her jail time on October 15 and was released 11 days later.