Jennifer Shah is a mother of two with a sharp tongue. She has been charged with a telemarketing scheme that defrauded hundreds of victims. She faces up to 14 years in prison.
Jennifer Shah’s telemarketing scheme defrauded hundreds of victims
Jen Shah’s telemarketing scheme defrauded hundreds of people across the country, according to the Department of Justice. This fraudulent scheme targeted primarily elderly individuals, who were preyed upon by the so-called “business services” sold by Shah and her co-conspirators.
She allegedly made millions of dollars from selling the false promise of financial security. She also allegedly generated “lead lists” for potential victims. These leads were then sold to telemarketing companies, who tried to sell them business services.
After her arrest in March 2021, Shah initially pleaded not guilty to two charges. Her plea changed just weeks before her trial. During her hearing, she reportedly apologized for her actions.
The prosecutors say Shah was the ringleader of a network of more than two dozen people indicted in this scheme. Some of the people involved have already pleaded guilty.
Shah is scheduled to stand trial in July. The government wants a sentence of at least 10 years in prison. However, if she is convicted, her maximum sentence is likely to be 30 years.
Jen Shah’s plea deal
After Jen Shah was arrested in March 2021, she changed her plea from not guilty to guilty. As part of her deal, she agreed to forfeit $6.5 million that was traced to her conspiracy. She also was ordered to pay restitution up to nine and a half million dollars.
Prosecutors have accused Jen of running a telemarketing scheme that defrauded elderly people. The scam left victims in debt and pushed them to buy additional services.
Shah allegedly provided leads to a number of people involved in the scheme. However, she was not the “kingpin” of the scam, as prosecutors say.
In July 2022, she pleaded guilty to the first count of the criminal indictment. She was also accused of money laundering and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
HSI agents alleged that Shah sold lists of potential victims to the defendants in the scam. They then lied to the victims about their income. It was a nationwide telemarketing scheme.
Jen Shah’s trial is set to start on July 18th. She is expected to face up to 30 years in prison if convicted.
She faces up to 14 years in prison
Jennifer Shah, a star of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, pleaded guilty to participating in a telemarketing fraud scheme. She was accused of preying on elderly victims with her fraudulent business opportunities.
During the first season of the show, Shah was seen wearing designer clothes and living in a lavish home. Fans wondered why she was on the show. When she was arrested in March 2021, authorities found counterfeit designer handbags in her home.
Despite her repeated claims of innocence, Shah admitted that she participated in a telemarketing scam. A judge said she was involved in a “clear and brazen fraud” that cheated hundreds of people out of their money.
According to the Department of Justice, Jen and Stuart Smith targeted people over the age of 55. Their scheme included selling bogus services, such as money-making websites and home businesses. Some of the victims were elderly, homeless, and vulnerable. Others had serious health problems.
As part of her plea deal, Shah agreed to pay restitution of up to $9.5 million. She also agreed to forfeit her $6 million.
She’s a mother of two with a sharp tongue
Jennifer Shah is the wife of a former football player. She and her husband, Sharrieff, were reportedly married for five years before she asked her husband about his religious beliefs.
When Sharrieff and Jen were cast on The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, she didn’t have much to say about her religion. However, after learning about the mistreatment of black people in the Mormon church, she decided to convert to Islam.
Jen Shah and her assistant, Stuart Smith, are accused of conspiring to commit money laundering. They’re due to be sentenced in 2022. It’s not the first time a star from a reality show has been convicted of criminal charges. Todd Chrisley was convicted while starring on Chrisley Knows Best, and Teresa Giudice was convicted while starring on The Real Housewives.
Shah has had a lucrative career in marketing. She owns several companies, including Shah Beauty, JXA Fashion, and Shah Lashes. However, she admits she’s had no professional acting training. And, she says her style of speaking can get her into trouble with her co-stars.