Hot Pockets heir completes ‘Varsity Blues’ punishment and wins freedom

A Hot Pockets empire heiress imprisoned in the ‘Varsity Blues’ college infidelity scandal has regained her freedom and privacy.

Michelle Merage, formerly Michelle Janavs, has just been granted permission to seek passage to Australia to see her daughter after a federal judge in Boston granted the “early termination” of her “supervised release”.

She served 21 months of her 24-month probation after spending six weeks in federal prison with house arrest thereafter. She was released from prison in early November 2020 as the pandemic made her sentence perilous.

Merage, whose family sold the Hot Pockets brand of microwave calzone in 2002 to Nestlé SA for $2.6 billion, pleaded guilty to mail fraud and money laundering early in the ‘Varsity’ case. Blues” for paying $100,000 for college admissions scam mastermind Rick Singer to cheat on his two daughters on the ACT exam.

She also paid Singer, who became a government witness, $200,000 to have one of her daughters admitted to the University of Southern California as a bogus beach volleyball recruit.

“She accepted responsibility for her crimes, stating, ‘There are truly no words to express my grief and shame caused by my actions,'” her attorneys wrote in an appeal for early release.

She is one of 57 parents, coaches and guardians caught up in a federal investigation that revealed the underside of the money for college admissions game acceptance. As the latest cases are stitched up, convicted parents should check with the court for any potential moves during the probationary period.

That goes for Hollywood actress Lori Loughlin who got permission earlier this month to travel to Canada this fall for an acting role.

The 57-year-old actress and her husband served two months and five months in jail, respectively, for paying to land their daughters at the University of Southern California as bogus crew recruits.

She was last seen on Hallmark Channel’s “When Calls the Heart” series. Her run as Aunt Becky on the sitcom “Full House” helped catapult her career. His movements will still be supervised by the federal government in Boston.

The Hot Pockets heir is released, however.

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