Jen Shah pleads guilty in fraud case

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“Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” star Jen Shah pleaded guilty to her fraud case Monday, Fox News Digital can confirm.

Shah will not go to trial, which was due to start on July 18. She pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with telemarketing. In turn, the second count, conspiracy to commit money laundering, was dropped.

“Jennifer Shah played a key role in a nationwide program targeting elderly and vulnerable victims,” ​​U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said in a press release.

“These victims were sold false promises of financial security, but instead Shah and his co-conspirators swindled them out of their savings and gave them nothing to show for,” the statement continued. “This Office is committed to eradicating these schemes, whatever their form.”

The reality TV star appeared at the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Courthouse around 10:30 a.m. EST on Monday.

Shah’s plea deal came with a sentencing directive, according to Courthouse News. The reality TV star can be sentenced to a prison term of 135 to 168 months, or 11 to 14 years.

Jen Shah pleaded guilty in her fraud trial.
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His sentencing hearing is scheduled for November 28.

The Bravo star initially insisted she didn’t accept a plea deal because she was “innocent”.

“I’m fighting against it. I’m innocent,” she told host Andy Cohen and his castmates after Cohen pointed to the New York State Attorney’s “success rate” during the last “Real Housewives” reunion.

“And I will fight for every person out there who can’t fight for themselves because they don’t have the resources or the means, so they don’t fight.”

Shah was arrested in March 2021 while filming the Bravo reality show. The federal charges included conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering. The government alleges she was involved in a nationwide telemarketing scheme that defrauded hundreds of victims.

Shah appeared in a Manhattan courthouse to amend his plea on Monday.

Shah appeared in a Manhattan courthouse to amend his plea on Monday.
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Some co-conspirators in the case, including Shah’s longtime aide Stuart Smith, have already pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.

Shah and Smith tried to hide their role in the fraud by using third-party names for their business entities, telling victims to use encrypted messages to communicate with them, and asking people to send payments to accounts. offshore banking, according to the indictment.

The pair “generated and sold ‘lead lists’ of innocent individuals for other members of their scheme to repeatedly scam them,” prosecutors said.

The Bravo reality star originally didn't accept a plea deal because she was "innocent," Shah told Andy Cohen during a "real housewives" meeting.

The Bravo reality star initially didn’t accept a plea deal because she was “innocent”, Shah told Andy Cohen at a “Real Housewives” meeting.
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“In reality and as claimed, the so-called business opportunities offered to the victims by Shah, Smith and their co-conspirators were nothing but fraudulent schemes, motivated by greed, to steal the victims’ money.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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