RHOSLC star Jen Shah convicted in telemarketing fraud case – Hollywood Life
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Jen Shah, 49, was sentenced to 6.5 years (78 months) in prison for her role in the telemarketing scheme that defrauded hundreds of mostly elderly citizens out of millions of dollars. SDNY Judge Sidney Stein delivered the ruling to the Real House of Salt Lake City star and her legal team on Jan. 6 NBC News. Jen also faces 5 years of supervised release. Her husband Sharrieff and their sons Sharrieff Jr. and Omar were also present at the courthouse for the sentencing.
Jen pled guilty to her involvement in the scheme in July 2022. She originally pleaded not guilty after being arrested and charged with fraud in March 2021, as was her former assistant, Stuart Smith. In the end, however, Stuart turned his back on Jen and withdrew his guilty plea in November 2021.
Jen Shah was sentenced to 6.5 years for fraud following her arrest in 2021 (Picture: BRAVO)
“MS. Shah is a good woman who has crossed a line. She takes full responsibility for her actions and offers her deepest apologies to all who have been harmed,” Jennifer’s attorney said in a statement to PEOPLE after her guilty plea. “MS. Shah is also sorry for disappointing her husband, children, family, friends and supporters. Jen has pleaded guilty because she wants to pay off her debt to society and put this ordeal behind her and her family.”
One of Jen’s supporters who was certainly disappointed was Andy Cohen, 54, who was executive producer on Bravo two days after the guilty plea. “I’m upset that she lied for so long and claimed to me that she was an example of someone being wrongly accused.”
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Andy Cohen was speechless when he realized Jen Shah lied about her innocence (Picture: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/Shutterstock)
Jen’s 6.5-year sentence stands in stark contrast to the original 50 years she faced when she pleaded not guilty. “She faces a maximum statutory sentence of 30 years for conspiracy to wire fraud. She also faces another 20 years for money laundering,” said a defense attorney Brandon sample said HollywoodLife ONLY after their original request. He added that he would only face a five to 10 year prison sentence.
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