The Jen Shah fraud case will become the main plot Real housewives from Salt Lake City Season 3.
The series, which also stars Heather Gay, Whitney Rose, Lisa Barlow and Meredith Marks, returns in the highly anticipated third installment.
Fans of the show know that 48-year-old Shah was arrested in March 2021 while filming the second season of Bravo in Utah, as did Stuart Smith, one of her assistants who appeared on the show.
Shah and Smith were allegedly involved in a scam operation that involved a telemarketing program that defrauded “hundreds” of people, many over the age of 55, by selling “lead lists” for bogus business opportunities.
Following her arrest, Shah said on several occasions on the show that she was innocent, but has since pleaded guilty.
Newsweek has everything you need to know about the Jen Shah fraud case and what she said about it.
What has Real housewives from Salt Lake CityJen Shah pleaded guilty?
Newsweek previously reported that on July 11, Shah pleaded guilty to affiliation with an alleged telemarketing program and is now facing several years in prison.
According to a press release from the United States Attorney’s Office in the South New York District, Shah “confessed today to one conspiracy to commit a telemarketing fraud by which she victimized 10 or more people over the age of 55, punishable by up to 30 years in prison. “
The reality show star “agreed to forfeit $ 6.5 million and pay up to $ 9.5 million in compensation” as part of a plea, according to a press release.
Shah initially pleaded not guilty and was put on trial on July 18. She is to be sentenced by US District Judge Sidney H. Stein on November 28.
What has Real housewives from Salt Lake CityJen Shah said about the case?
Throughout the second half Real housewives from Salt Lake City Season 2, after her arrest, Shah said she was “innocent”. In one scene with her husband, Sharrieff Shah, she said, “I’m innocent. I didn’t do any of these things. “
Then, in progress Real housewives from Salt Lake City The season two reunion, which aired on Bravo in March 2022, Shah told host Andy Cohen that she was “innocent”.
She said, “I’m fighting it, I’m innocent. I will fight for any person who cannot fight for themselves because they have neither the resources nor the means, so they are not fighting.
“I’m going to fight because number one, I’m innocent, and number two that I’ll be f*cking representing every other person who can’t fight and wasn’t able to. I just hope we can do better in the future and don’t judge people.
Cohen then asked her if he would see her again at the season three convention, and she replied, “Of course. I am not going anywhere”.
Then, after pleading guilty in July 2022, Shah’s lawyer Priya Chaudhry said in a statement sent to Newsweek: “Ms. Shah is a good woman who has crossed the line. Takes full responsibility for his actions and deeply apologizes to anyone who has been hurt. Ms. Shah is also sorry for the disappointment of her husband, children, family, friends and supporters. Jen has pleaded guilty because she wants to pay off her debt to society and leave that torment behind her and her family.
Shah re-discusses his ongoing legal battle in the dramatic trailer for the Forums Real housewives from Salt Lake City Season 3, which premiered on September 28.
In the video, the star says that she was “played by Stuart Smith,” her ex-assistant who was arrested next to her in March 2021, adding: “I wouldn’t be in this at all if it weren’t for Stuart.”
After the Shah pleaded guilty, People reported that the case was “a very big part of Jen’s story” in season three, adding: “The producers don’t want us to stop following her now. They will film with her for as long as they can, as they did with Teresa [Giudice]”.
TO ME! later reported that the show had ended filming prior to Shah’s requests, but filming resumed, including a reaction from Shah’s co-stars.
Real housewives from Salt Lake City Season 3 will air on Bravo Wednesday evenings at 9:00 PM EST. The previous two seasons are available for streaming on the Peacock.
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