Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star Jen Shah and her assistant plead not guilty to fraud after being accused of selling lists of senior citizens’ names to telemarketing companies in NYC so they could attack them with fake business services
- Shah and her assistant Steven Smith are charged with conspiracy to commit fraud and money laundering
- They have been behind bars for 30 years for their alleged telemarketing plan
- Shah and Smith reportedly sold lists of older targets that telemarketing companies could target
- The companies then pushed ‘business services’ such as website development and tax preparation for older victims, many of whom did not have a computer
- Shah called the victims “leads,” the charges said
- She also exchanged advice with telemarketers on how to make it difficult for victims to get money back
- Shah and her husband Sharieff appear on the Bravo show Real Housewives of Salt Lake City
- She bragged about her corporate and lavish lifestyle on the show, claiming to have spent $ 50,000 a month
Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star Jen Shah does not own the sprawling house she brags about on the reality TV show, her lawyers revealed Friday when she pleaded not guilty to fraud.
Shah is facing up to 30 years in prison for allegedly defrauding the elderly through a telemarketing program that has lasted nine years, according to New York prosecutors.
The couple reportedly compiled lists of older targets and sold them to telemarketing firms who then pushed ‘business services’ like tax prep or website design services on them, although many did not have a computer. The telemarketers would then make it difficult for people to get a refund for the services if they made a complaint, according to prosecutors.
Shah and Smith are said to have gotten the names of seniors from sales floors across the country and sold them to telemarketers in New York, where they have been charged.
Shah, 47, was released in Salt Lake City earlier this week on condition that she do so not contacting her assistant and co-defendant, Steven Smith. She didn’t have to post a bond.
On Friday, federal prosecutors asked the judge to have Shah sign a $ 1 million personal acknowledgment commitment and deposit $ 250,000 in cash or property.
Her lawyers fought it, saying she didn’t have to pay money or property. The judge asked if she owned property she could use as security and her lawyer said, ‘I don’t think she has a house, she rents a house. I don’t believe they own real estate. ‘
Friday’s hearing took place via video conference for the defendants, lawyers and judge, but the media and public were only allowed to ring in for the audio.
Earlier that week, Shah was unable to call in because so many people had called to listen.
Jen Shah, the star of Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, will leave court in Utah on Tuesday after becoming bonded. She faces 30 years in prison when convicted of conspiring to commit wire fraud
Shah, 47, appears in the most recent series of Bravo’s Real Housewives franchise in Salt Lake City
On the Bravo show she appears in, Shah shows off spending $ 50,000 a month and living in a sprawling mountain house she calls ‘Shah Chalet.’
Her husband Sharrieff Shah is a coach for the Utah Utes football team.
On the show’s recent reunion episode, she boasted to her co-stars about her business, describing it as an algorithm that makes her business for advertising.
Announcing the indictment earlier this week, Audrey Strauss, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York said, as Shah’s “ first assistant, ” he would have generated and sold “ lead lists ” of innocent individuals to other members. of their plan to scam repeatedly.
In reality and as alleged, the so-called business opportunities pushed to the victims by Shah, Smith and their co-conspirators were merely fraudulent schemes, motivated by greed, to steal the victims’ money.
“Now these defendants are getting jail time for their alleged crimes.”
Shah’s assistant Stuart Smith is also being charged in the indictment. It will be shown on Tuesday