‘Real Housewives’ Star Jen Shah Pleads Guilty To Fraud

The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City’s Jen Shah has entered a guilty plea for her part in a deceptive multi-state telemarketing scheme. The reality actress, 48, entered a guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to conduct wire fraud in connection with telemarketing on Monday in Manhattan federal court after she admitted that she had defrauded 10 or more people over the age of 55 through the practise.

Shah explained the 10-year plot to U.S. District Judge Sidney H. Stein, saying, “From 2012 through March 2021 in the Southern District of New York and abroad, I agreed with others to commit wire fraud. I accomplished this by knowingly giving consumer names to those promoting low- or nonexistent-value business services. She fessed up, “It was wrong, and I knew it. I am deeply sorry; I am aware that many individuals were hurt.”

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The offence carries a potential term of 30 years in jail, and Shah will be sentenced on November 28. Her plea agreement with federal prosecutors, however, stipulated that she would get a term of 11 to 14 years in jail. The penalty is finally decided by the judge. Shah will also lose $6.5 million as part of the plea agreement and make restitution up to $9.5 million.

In a statement, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Damian Williams claimed that Jennifer Shah “was a key participant in a national conspiracy that targeted elderly, vulnerable victims.” “These victims were misled into believing they would have financial security, but Shah and her accomplices cheated them out of their cash, leaving them with little to show for it. This Office is dedicated to exposing fraudulent schemes in all of their forms.”

Shah, a former member of the RHOSLC cast, and her assistant Stuart Smith were detained in March 2021 in connection with a telemarketing scheme that convinced people in New York and a number of other states to invest in an online “business opportunity” and sell them tax preparation or website design services even though many of them lacked access to a computer. She initially entered a plea of innocence, and her trial was set to start on July 18.

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