A hot scandal

Michele Barnum , News Writer

Hot Pockets: a staple of American childhood.

This name is now tarnished because of Michelle Janavs’s involvement in the college admission scandal. Janavs, the heiress of Hot Pockets, was sentenced to prison for her role in the college admission scandal. Janavs admitted to bribing $300,000 for her two daughters to get into the University of Southern California (USC), according to CNN.com.

Janavs’ father and uncle created the snack back in 1983, and used her inheritance to bribe Rick Singer, who was the brains behind this whole operation, to take her daughters’ ACT exams and to falsely present her daughters as volleyball players.

“I’m so very sorry I tried to create an unfair advantage for my children,” Janavs said.

Janavs paid $100,000 to Singer to take both of her daughters’ ACT exams and also paid $200,000 to have one of her daughters admitted to USC as a beach volleyball recruit.

“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,” John Littrell, Janavs’ attorney, said.

Janavs pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and conspiracy to  commit money laundering.She also has to pay a fine of$250,000 and serve two years of supervised release after prison. The government recommended a 21 month sentence, but her attorney negotiated a reduced sentence of five months.

“But this crime does notdefinewhosheis,”Littrellsaid. “Michelle’s going to be definedby 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 is one of over 31 defendants who have pleaded guilty in the case.

Hot Pockets may still be a good snack but its taste will forever be garnished with fraud.