The sentences continue to fall for those that have been charged in the college admissions scandal, which rocked the country at the end of last year.
While stars Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman were at the center of the controversy, there were many other influential people who attempted to cheat their children’s way into the University of Southern California, including Michelle Janavs, the heiress to the Chef America and Hot Pocket fortune.
On Tuesday, the judge hammered Janavs with a sentence that involves prison time, fees, and other stipulations that must be fulfilled.
In October, Janavs pleaded guilty to paying $300,000 in bribes to help her daughters cheat on the college entrance exam in an attempt to gain them admission to the University of Southern California as fake recruits for the school’s beach volleyball team.
Despite pleading guilty, something that Lori Loughlin is refusing to do, the judge came down hard on Janavs by sentencing the heiress to five months in prison, along with a $250,000 fine. Janavs must also complete 200 hours of community service upon her release and will have two years of supervision following the completion of her time in prison.
Janavs is one of more than 50 people who have been indicted in the college admissions scandal investigation, but is the first to be convicted of money laundering charges.
In April of 2019, Desperate Housewives actress, Felicity Huffman pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. These would be the only charges levied if the defendants accepted the plea deal, which Huffman did. The next day, though, all remaining defendants were then charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering, a much more serious offense that carries drastically higher sentencing recommendations.
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For accepting the plea deal from the judge, Huffman was ordered to spend 14 days in prison, ultimately only serving 11 of those days. The actress was also required to pay a fine of $30,000 and participate in 250 hours of community service.
With other defendants deciding to fight the charges, things could get really interesting when it comes to the sentencing that could be levied, should they lose their battles in court. It’s abrasively apparent that the federal courts are not playing around, as indicated by the addition of the money laundering charges and harsher sentencing penalties on the defendants.
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Loughlin is one of the defendants that is attempting to beat the courts on her charges; however, according to reports, it’s not looking great for the actress as she’s been taking self-defense courses, ad nauseum, in preparation for serving time in the big house.
Both Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are expected to appear in court to stand trial in October of this year. If Janavs’ sentencing is any indictation, Olivia Jade’s parents could be spending years in prison, especially due to the couple refusing the plea deal and fighting the charges.
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