‘Real Housewives’ star Jen Shah has been hit with a motion to allow evidence into how she spent alleged fraud funds


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It looks like more details will be released about ‘Real Housewives of Salt Lake City’ star Jen Shah’s alleged telemarketing scheme, which federal prosecutors say took advantage of hundreds of “vulnerable, often elderly, working class”.

At a preliminary hearing Tuesday in New York, federal prosecutors filed a motion asking a judge to allow the admission of evidence for the trial that the government says raises the lavish curtain on how Shah, 48 years, spent the alleged fraud money she allegedly stole. unsuspecting victims – many of them elderly – hid the funds, paid for an alleged fraud scheme and failed to report the earnings to the Internal Revenue Service.

According to the legal filing, Shah was essentially short of money and would have perpetuated the multi-year plan to finance his extravagant lifestyle.

The Bravo personality faces multiple counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

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Bravo personality Jen Shah faces a maximum of 50 years in prison if convicted of all charges stemming from an alleged telemarketing fraud scheme.
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“The government intends to show such control by establishing that the defendant, among other things, engaged in transactions using the proceeds of the fraud and spent and directed others to spend the proceeds of crime for expenses related to the telemarketing fraud scheme and his own personal expenses,” said the evidence motion obtained by Fox News Digital states.

“The government intends to provide evidence in the form of financial records, summary charts and limited testimony regarding these records, charts, as well as testimony from insightful witnesses knowledgeable of the accused’s disposition of the proceeds of crime “, he adds.

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“The method and manner in which the proceeds of crime were directed, transferred and expended by the accused and his co-conspirators is admissible as direct evidence of the accused’s participation in the fraudulent telemarketing scheme and money laundering conspiracy. money and proof of the motive of the accused and the intention to commit the crimes charged.”

The New York Police Department said in a statement in March 2021 at the time of Shah’s arrest that the number of victims Shah and his “first aide” Stuart Smith allegedly duped was in the “hundreds” and has noted that the alleged fraud had continued. for almost a decade, starting in 2012.

Federal prosecutors allege "The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City" star Jen Shah has taken advantage of hundreds of "vulnerable, often elderly, working-class people" in a brazen telemarketing scheme.

Federal prosecutors allege that ‘Real Housewives of Salt Lake City’ star Jen Shah took advantage of hundreds of “vulnerable, often elderly, working-class people” in a brazen telemarketing scheme.
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“Jennifer Shah, who portrays herself as a wealthy and successful businesswoman on ‘reality’ television, and Stuart Smith, who is described as Shah’s ‘first aide’, are said to have generated and sold ‘main lists’ innocent individuals for other members of their program to defraud repeatedly,” Manhattan U.S. attorney Audrey Strauss alleged in a statement at the time of Shah’s arrest.

Meanwhile, in the government’s motion filed on Tuesday, prosecutors told the court they expect the evidence – if allowed to go to a jury at trial – “will show that, for at minus certain periods of time during her conduct, the defendant spent far more than she could afford without the income from the telemarketing fraud scheme.”

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The government suggests it has ironclad evidence to back up claims that Shah did not run a legitimate business and that the lifestyle she perpetuated on reality TV pales in comparison to the one she actually lived behind the scenes.

“The government intends to present evidence of the defendant’s financial hardship and cash flow for the relevant periods through documentary evidence and testimony, including, among other things, the defendant’s income and of her husband as reported to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), her account balances as shown on bank account statements, credit card and debit card statements from her and her telemarketing, summary witness depositions regarding some of the aforementioned documents, and insightful witness depositions regarding the defendant’s income, need for money and spending habits,” the court papers state.

According to her biography Bravo, Jen Shah "is queen of her home and businesses as CEO of three marketing companies."

According to her Bravo biography, Jen Shah “is queen of her home and her businesses as the CEO of three marketing companies.”
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He adds that prosecutors are “seeking to admit evidence establishing that, for the period relevant to the conduct charged, the defendant failed to disclose earnings from the telemarketing fraud scheme to the IRS.”

According to her Well done organicShah “is queen of her home and businesses as CEO of three marketing companies”.

At the “Housewives” reunion, Bravo bigwig Andy Cohen asked Shah about his businesses.

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“I’ve had direct response marketing experience for about 20 years, so our business does advertising,” she said at the time. “We have a platform that helps people acquire customers, so when you’re shopping online or on the internet and something pops up, we have the algorithm that explains why you’re getting that ad.

“I need a lot of help, you know? They all do different things,” Shah explained.

Shah’s trial is due to begin on March 22. Stuart Smith has pleaded guilty and is expected to be sentenced next month.

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Shaw faces a maximum of 50 years in prison if convicted on all counts.

A lawyer for Shah did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.


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