Jen Shah, star of the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, was sentenced to 78 months was arraigned in federal prison on Friday by US District Court Judge Sidney Stein on wire fraud charges. Shah will be monitored for five years after his release.
“I wish you the best of luck,” Judge Stein said Shah on Friday. “I know you can move on from this and when you get out you can rebuild your life.”
In July 2022 Shah pleaded guilty to conspiracy Wire scams for her role in a $5 million nationwide telemarketing scheme that scammed hundreds of vulnerable elderly out of thousands of dollars.
“She ran her own floor and trained and hired people here in Manhattan for years,” prosecutor Robert Sobelman reportedly said Full courtroom on Friday. “She was here in New York for half a year and explained to people how to do it.”
“Every cooperating witness said the person with the most power was Jen Shah,” Sobelman continued.
Shah was one of many involved in the telemarketing scheme arrested and charged in 2021 for targeting the elderly and selling them fraudulent “business services.” At that time she asked not guilty. The Salt Lake City housewife has seen her fair share of scandals during her time with the superhit – from Traumatization of her former designer to public outbursts— but the criminal cases have become one of the popular franchise’s most explosive storylines, where she repeatedly, often emphatically, denies involvement in the system. Especially her Slogan of the second season was: “The only thing I’m guilty of is being shah-mazing.” Even until January 2022 – two months after her assistant and close friend Stuart Smith pleaded guilty-you publicly protested her innocence online and in interviews.
“MS. Shah was lost for months in an echo chamber of her own denial,” her attorney Priya Chaudhry said in court Friday of her denial. “She stared at her truth and the depth of her wrong and she hurt her and they were real and there was.” no more lies.”
Shah later shocked Bravo fans and changed her pleato admit full knowledge of the grip.
“From 2012 through March 2021, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, I conspired with others to commit wire fraud,” Shah told Judge Stein in July of little to no value were deceived and therefore bought the services”.
“I knew that was wrong,” Shah continued. “I know a lot of people have been hurt and I’m so sorry.”
Last month, federal prosecutors asked Judge Stein to give Shah 10 years in federal prison, arguing that for a decade she had mercilessly stolen victims’ life savings and mocked them by flaunting their lavish lifestyles in front of audiences across the country . “At the direction of the defendant, the victims were repeatedly defrauded until they had nothing left,” they wrote in their complaint. Shah, meanwhile, pleaded for a sentence of only three years.
“The terrible business decisions I’ve made and the professional relationships I’ve built stem from some personal painful experiences I’ve gone through in my life,” Shah wrote to the judge in a four-page letter titled “How did I get involved in the situation? ”
“We know hundreds more have lost so much, their confidence, the security of their savings, they’ve lost sleep and their dreams… so many of these people had very little to begin with and now they’re struggling even more,” Chaudhry said Court on Friday. Several Statements about victimization described one such fight in heartbreaking detail.
“Each betrayed person has their own story with a dream of a better retirement and life. That was taken away when they were [coerced] spending their money on false promises,” one man wrote. “Please consider the suffering that these seniors may be inflicted on because they now do not have the money for the food, medicine or medical treatment they need. Anyone who has had their money stolen cannot use that money to improve their quality of life in retirement.”
Addressing the court ahead of the verdict, Stein said of Shah, “People shouldn’t confuse the character she played on an entertainment show with the person I’m looking at,” he said. “The other acts and that’s the reality.” But the reality was reason enough for scores of Bravo fans and court observers to attend the trial — so much so that an overflow room was needed as the courtroom’s 70-seat capacity was insufficient ABC.
Shah is not the first housewife go to jail. Teresa Giudice, by real housewives from new jersey, was convicted of fraud in 2014. While Bravo postponed filming on Giudices let go shah does not appear soon return for their snowflake.
“I don’t know if she appreciates the damage she’s done, I hope she did, I heard the words,” he said said Stein after reading Shah’s sentence Friday. “These people have no way of getting fed again… If they are financially, they won’t be emotionally.”
It’s a not-so-Shah-amazing end to a…memorable run.
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