The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City‘s Jen Shah was arrested by the federal government on March 30, 2021 in the middle of filming the show for her alleged role in a 9-year-old multimillionaire telemarketing fraud scheme. She was released hours after her high-profile arrest which premiered in RHOSLC season two episode one because prosecutors did not request detention or bail. His assistant Stuart Smith, who also appears on the show, was arrested along with other co-conspirators. She faces up to 50 years in prison if convicted.
In June, Jen Shah filed a request for dismissal and removal of his post-arrest statements and evidence seized from the warrants. Jen Shah argued that she did not understand her Miranda rights at the time of her arrest because her contacts were dry, resulting in blurry vision, which meant she could not read the waiver she signed at the time.
On August 5, 2021, all of his requests were dismissed. U.S. District Judge Sidney H. Stein said Jen Shah was involved in an alleged “long-standing and high-profile telemarketing fraud conspiracy that sold millions of dollars in virtually non-existent services and products to elderly consumers. and not warned ”. He wrote that his motion to dismiss did not merit “even cursory examination”.
Jen Shah’s trial will begin on October 18, 2021 while The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City will be booming. She also has a pre-trial conference date of October 8, 2021.
The alleged scam ran from 2012 to 2021 and operated in five states, New York, New Jersey, Arizona, Nevada and Utah, and had a sales center in Manhattan owned and operated by Jen’s assistant, Stuart Smith.
Manhattan US attorney Audrey Strauss said in a press release explaining the charges against Jen Shah:
“Jennifer Shah, who portrays herself as a wealthy and successful businesswoman to ‘reality’, and Stuart Smith, who is described as Shah’s ‘first assistant’, are said to have generated and sold ‘lead lists’ of innocent individuals for other members of their scheme. to be repeatedly defrauded. In fact and as alleged, the so-called business opportunities offered to victims by Shah, Smith and their co-conspirators were nothing but fraudulent, motivated schemes out of greed, to steal money from victims. Now these defendants face jail for their alleged crimes. “
Jen Shah’s tagline this season is “The only thing I’m guilty of is being Shah-mazing.”
Jen’s teammates revealed that they don’t really understand what Jen makes for a living, and audiences were also left confused.
During the Season 1 reunion, Andy Cohen asked Jen how she got “so rich”. Jen responded with a non-response which implied that she was involved in internet marketing and advertising having something to do with algorithms and cookies.
“My background has been in direct response marketing for about 20 years, so our company does, you know, advertise,” she said at the time. “We have a platform that helps people acquire customers, so when you shop online or on the internet, and something pops up, we have the algorithm that explains why you get this ad. “
If the claims are true, that’s not what Jen’s marketing company did. The federal government alleges that Jen and her co-conspirators obtained predatory leads from vulnerable people and directly sold them products and services that did not exist. This is very different from serving tailored internet ads based on a user’s online behavior and information, which Jen hinted at was her business model during the meeting.