In connection with alleged telemarketing fraud, Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star Jen Shah has pled guilty to criminal charges.
“I cooperated with others to commit wire fraud” in the alleged nationwide scam that mostly targeted senior individuals, the Bravolebrity said in court Monday, according to Law & Crime. That was a terrible mistake, and Shah said, “I’m very sorry.”
The trial had been slated to commence on July 18, previous to her change of plea. Priya Chaudhry, Shah’s attorney, said in a statement to EW that “Ms. Shah is a fine woman who exceeded a line.”
“All those who have been wounded by her conduct are profoundly apologized to. To put this tragedy behind her and her family, Jen accepted a plea deal and agreed to pay the fine she owed to the community.”
To Wire Fraud in Alleged Telemarketing Scam
In March 2021, Shah and her Bravo reality show aide Stuart Smith were arrested on suspicion of wire fraud and money laundering. For the most part, these victims were above the age of 55, and the two were accused of “carrying out an extensive telemarketing scheme that deceived hundreds of people,” according to the authorities.
The indictment claims that Shah and Smith offered “tax preparation or website design services, despite the fact that many victims were elderly and did not own a computer.”
“At no point did the defendants anticipate that the victims would actually earn any of the promised return on their planned investment, nor did the victims ever earn such returns,” the lawsuit reads further on.
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Shah and Smith Showed Off Their lifestyles
To demonstrate their prosperity, Shah and Smith showed off their opulent lifestyles to the public, “Shah and Smith.” Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent-in-Charge Peter C. Fitzhugh previously said in a statement. It has been suggested that their lavish lifestyle was funded at the cost of low-income, typically elderly, vulnerable people.
The maximum punishment for wire fraud is 30 years, while the maximum sentence for money laundering is 20 years. Under the terms of her new plea agreement, Shah could face up to 14 years in jail, according to Law & Crime. Restitution of over $9 million must also be paid by her. In November, Shah will be sentenced.
The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City featured Shah in both seasons. The finale in March was season two, which followed Shah as she disputed the allegations. Shah is the CEO of three marketing firms, and he is married to the football coach Sharrieff Shah of the University of Utah.
According to Chaudhry, this article has been updated.