Housewives on and off the television are no stranger to drama. But Jen Shah is the new star to face legal consequences for her alleged conduct by the Bravo franchise. According to Yahoo, on Tuesday, Salt Lake City star Real Housewives was arrested because she suspected her assistant of operating a national TV system. Most of the suspects reportedly were 55 and older. In connection with telemarketing and money laundering conspiracy, she was accused of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. If convicted on both counts, Shah will face up to 50 years in jail. Certainly, she would not be the first housewife to exchange a jumpsuit in sewing.
Jen’s arrest followed an indictment from a Federal Court in Manhattan, including Stuart Smith, who sat next to her on RHOSLC, according to a press statement in Southern District of New York.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss stated, “Jennifer Shah, who portrays herself as a wealthy and successful businessperson on ‘reality’ television, and Stuart Smith, who is portrayed as Shah’s ‘first assistant,’ allegedly generated and sold ‘lead lists’ of innocent individuals for other members of their scheme to repeatedly scam. In actual reality and as alleged, the so-called business opportunities pushed on the victims by Shah, Smith, and their co-conspirators were just fraudulent schemes, motivated by greed, to steal victims’ money,”
The police department of New York has commented on the scandal, saying that in at least nine years Jen and Stuart have scammed “hundreds” of people.
The report reveals that Jen and Stuart are responsible of running a scheme where they create and sell lists of victims’ names to telemarketing firms that ultimately try to sell services to the victims. Then Jen and Stuart commission the seemingly fraudulent profits.
Jen who is 47, is faced with a fraud conspiracy charge 30 years behind bars. Her detention is a fierce controversy in which her former designer, Koa Johnson, accused Jen of verbally abusing her.
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She was arrested alongside her assistant Stuart Smith, they appeared on the same day at the federal court. The pair was able to ensure Judge Dustin Pead’s release on some strict terms. The requirements include an out-of-Utah travel ban. Without the consent of a pre-trial official, she cannot fly outside Utah or the country and must also give up her passport. She is also not permitted, under her release terms, to use her credit card or apply for new credit lines. This makes it definitely interesting because the reality star is known for its lavish lifestyle.
Fox News reports on how shah and her agent “allegedly developed their opulent lifestyle at the expense of poor, mostly elderly, working-class people,” and proceeded to exalt their “splendid style of living in public as a sign of their “success”. Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent-in-Charge Peter C. Fitzhugh analyzed and explained the case.
The Sun determined that the net value of the housewife was $3 million. But her net worth may have a big impact after her arrest. Jen never shied away from her glamorous ‘RHOSLC’ lifestyle and money. From getting a large group of helpers to reports that they needed $50,000 for their monthly costs, Jen ensured that everyone knew that they were rolling in money. But her net worth could take a major blow following her arrest.