jen shah was indicted for her alleged role in a long-running telemarketing scheme while filming season 2 of The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City – and all eyes are on the Bravo star as he faces up to 50 years in prison.
Bravo viewers met Shah during season 1 of RHOSLCwhich was filmed in 2019 and aired in 2020. He quickly became a controversial character in the franchise, with fans questioning his work and the need for multiple assistants.
“People will come to me and I will invest in their companies, so we have a lot of different investments, all kinds of different things,” Shah said of his career at Access Hollywood’s “Housewives Cup” in November 2020. “I’ve been able to do it because what I’ve been able to carve out, the niche I’ve been able to carve out in the world of direct response marketing.”
Not long after production began on season 2 of RHOSLCwho also starred Meredith Marks, Whitney Rose, Heather Gay, Lisa Barlow Y mary cosbynews broke on March 30, 2021, that Shah and one of his assistants who appeared on the show, stuart smithThey were arrested in Utah.
“Jennifer Shah, who portrays herself as a wealthy and successful businesswoman on reality television, and Stuart Smith, who is portrayed as Shah’s ‘first assistant,’ allegedly generated and sold ‘top lists’ of people innocent to other members of his scheme. to repeatedly defraud,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said in a press release. “In reality, and as alleged, the alleged business opportunities that Shah, Smith and their co-conspirators pushed to the victims were just fraudulent schemes, motivated by greed, to steal the victims’ money. Now, these defendants face prison time for their alleged crimes.”
HSI Special Agent in Charge Peter C. Fitzhugh claimed that Shah and Smith “built their affluent lifestyle at the expense of vulnerable, often elderly, working-class people.”
“Shah and Smith reified their very real human victims as ‘potential customers’ to be bought and sold, offering their personal information for sale to other members of their fraud network,” Fitzhugh said. “Working with our partners at the NYPD and the United States Attorney’s Office, SDNY, and with the assistance of HSI Salt Lake City, HSI New York worked to ensure that Shah and Smith are held accountable for their alleged crimes. As a result, their new reality may very well turn out to be different from what they expected.”
said a source us weekly at the time Shah is “embarrassed” by the scandal, which included detectives from the NYPD, Homeland Security Investigations and the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York working together.
“Jen is really humbled that all of this is happening in the public eye and that it will be shown on Bravo,” the source said. U.S on March 31, 2021.
Scroll on for a breakdown of the charges and everything we know about Shah’s legal drama:
This is an ongoing article that was originally published in March 2021 and was last updated on Wednesday, July 6.