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A Newport Coast Woman Got 5 Months in Prison Due to College Admissions Scam

February 27, 2020

Megan Brackemyer

Michelle Janavs of Newport Coast apologized in a Boston federal court for trying to “create an unfair advantage for [her] children.” Janavs, who is heir to the Hot Pockets frozen foods fortune, admitted to participating in the nationwide college admissions scam. She admitted to paying $100,000 to have a proctor correct her daughters’ ACT exam. Also, she admitted to agreeing to pay $200,000 to have one of her daughters falsely labeled as a beach volleyball recruit at USC. The Assistant U.S.

Attorney, Kristen Kearney, asked for a sentence of 21 months behind bars and said that Janavs had shown a “flagrant disrespect for right and wrong and an attitude that she is untouchable.” Janavs’ lawyers argued that her actions were out of character and that she was a dedicated mother who fell to the scam because of her love for her children and the stress of the college admissions process.


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