Hot Pockets heiress sentenced in college cheating scandal

Michelle Janavs was sentenced to five months behind bars and will pay a $250,000 fine after pleading guilty to paying bribes to get her daughters admitted to elite universities.
2:20 | 02/26/20

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We turn to that new fallout in the college admissions the hot pockets heiress getting one of the toughest punishments. Reporter: Michelle janavs admitted to paying a Procter to fix her daughters' exams. She was a repeat offender and that's why prosecutors tried to get one of the tougher sentences yet. This morning, hot pockets heiress Michelle janavs has been sentenced to five months behind bars for her role in the "Varsity blues" college admissions scandal. She's also been ordered to pay a $250,000 fine. The mother and philanthropist has received one of the harshest sentences so far in the case after pleading guilty to paying bribes to get her two daughters admitted to elite universities. Janavs' family sold their hot pockets empire for more than $2.5 billion. Hot pockets Reporter: Janavs admitting to paying Rick singer, the masterbehind mind the scheme, $100,000 to help doctor the A.C.T. Results for both her daughters and offering $200,000 to have one of them named a beach volleyball recruit at the university of southern California. She understands the harm that her choices caused. She understands the impact that those choices had on students. Reporter: Prosecutors had asked the judge to sentence her to 21 months behind bars calling janavs one of the most culpable noting she participated in the scheme multiple times and waited months before accepting responsibility. Initially pleading not guilty when she was first arrested last year. In a case that closely mirrors that of janavs, Lori Loughlin and her husband maintain their innocence and continue to fight charges. The couple's been accused of paying $500,000 to get their two daughters into usc by using false athletic profiles. Because the allegations against Lori Loughlin are similar to those involving Michelle janavs, it wouldn't be uncommon or unexpected that she would face very similar consequences and that's assuming that she is convicted. Reporter: And there will be a hearing tomorrow in the Loughlin case to discuss evidence. We may get a better sense of whether that trial will start in October but there about a dozen parents in the scandal who continue to maintain their innocence. This is far from over as we keep seeing. Paula, thank you.

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