The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City‘s Jen Shah appears to be in a huge amount of legal trouble after being arrested and indicted.
The reality star and her assistant, Stuart Smith, who has appeared on the show, were both arrested for conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with telemarketing, and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
“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,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said in a statement (via NBC).
The alleged telemarketing scam has claimed “hundreds” of victims and has been ongoing for at least 9 years. It allegedly targeted “vulnerable, often elderly, working-class people.”
The fraud charge comes with a maximum sentence of 30 years and the laundering charge comes with a maximum sentence of 20 years.
You can see footage of Jen on RHOSLC right here.
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