‘The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City’ star arrested Tuesday on federal fraud charges
Jen Shah’s legal troubles continue on screen on “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City”, as well as her impending trial in her personal life.
Federal prosecutors said the reality star was arrested in April on federal fraud charges alleging he conspired to commit wire fraud and launder money in connection with an alleged telemarketing scandal.
The alleged plan also names 43-year-old Stuart Smith, who appeared alongside Shah as his “first assistant” on the popular Bravo reality series. Smith of Lehigh, Utah, was also arrested.
But what exactly does that mean? Here are the details of what we know about Shah’s legal drama:
‘Real Housewives’ star Jen Shah arrested for federal fraud
Who is Zain Shah?
Shah is a business woman and one of several cast members on Bravo’s latest “Real Housewives” show, based in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is currently airing its second season.
Months before her arrest, during a SiriusXM interview, she said she had three marketing companies: a fashion company, a beauty company, and a “glow” company.
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Who is Stuart Smith?
Smith is one of Shah’s many assistants.
In the same interview, Shah revealed that he had eight assistants to help him run his various businesses.
The reality star mentioned Smith by name, explaining that he was willing to do anything she asked.
“stuarto [Smith] Literally anything, anything will do. Some assistant I wouldn’t ask to do certain things, you know?” she said. “One of them is justified, she’s totally virtual. So, of course, I’m not asking him to do that [certain things] … but, like, Stuart is kind of crazy stuff, for everyone.”
Zen Shah’s home – the infamous ‘Shah Ski Chalet’ – is also an alleged hoax.
What is he accused of doing?
A statement from Manhattan US Attorney Audrey Strauss alleges that Shah and Smith “repeatedly created and sold ‘lead lists’ of innocent individuals to other members of their scheme to commit scam.”
In the statement, Strauss claimed that Starr, Smith and their “co-conspirators” were guilty of pushing business opportunities on victims, including “fraudulent schemes, motivated by greed, to steal victims’ money”.
In addition, prosecutors said Shah and Smith presented their lavish lifestyles to the public as a symbol of their “success”, which they claim are all fake and sham. “Indeed, they reportedly built their affluent lifestyles at the expense of vulnerable, often elderly, working-class people,” said Peter C., special agent in charge of the New York Field Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Fitzhugh said.
“These individuals reportedly targeted and defrauded hundreds of victims, but thanks to the hard work of the NYPD and our law enforcement partners, this illegal scheme was put to an end,” NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said in the statement.
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What are the charges?
Shah and Smith are each charged with one charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with telemarketing. He has been charged with victimizing 10 or more persons over the age of 55 – a penalty that carries a maximum sentence of 30 years – and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years.
However, as recently as September, he maintained his innocence in the case.
“I guess what people don’t understand is, here in America, you’re innocent until proven guilty. I’m innocent,” she said during an Instagram live chat (via) People) “And I believe it’s not just my test, it’s a test of me and everyone else in my corner.”
When did this happen?
The alleged crimes began in 2012, according to a Press release. The same release said that he, Smith and “others” were engaged in criminal activity as of March 2021.
When will she appear in court?
Shah appeared before a judge after his arrest, when several conditions for his and Smith’s release were set. In April, she pleaded not guilty during a virtual appearance in Manhattan’s Southern District of New York.
included informed of The conditions were travel limits, no contact with co-defendants, no telemarketing and more. The television personality is currently free on a $1 million bond, but faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted.
His trial was due to begin in October of 2021, but was pushed back to March during a hearing in August.
That month, in. Ahead ofIOn the date of the trial, Shah attended with his legal team. At the time, Judge Sidney H. Stein of the United States District Court in the Southern District of New York granted the withdrawal of three attorneys who had previously represented Shah in the case.
Buckley LLP’s attorney Daniel R. Alonso, Henry W. Asabil and Michael S. Chu will no longer represent Shah. Alonso, as counsel for Shah’s record, requested the removal of all three.
In court documents seen by Granthshala News, Alonso said Shah retained lawyer Priya Choudhary and two partners “instead of Buckley LLP to represent him for all purposes to proceed in this case.”
What did he protest about his arrest?
In an affidavit, she claimed she signed a document waiving her Miranda rights because her “contact lenses, which were in my eyes, were dry, and I didn’t have my reading glasses on, so my vision was blurry.” and I was unable to read the paper in front of me.”
Her new lawyers argued that “as a direct result of law enforcement deceit and calculated trickery to bolster her will,” say court papers seen by The New York Post.
The star also claimed that she was “confused” and “emotionally unbalanced” at the time of her arrest. She says she thought the cuffs had to do with a 2017 New York case in which she was the victim of theft and assault and a protection order against the perpetrator.
Is She In “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” Season 2?
The new season of “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” debuted in September, with Shah still part of the main cast. this was it announced in August When the first trailer for the series dropped, her legal trouble wouldn’t stop her from participating and part of it would actually play out on the show.
Granthshala News’ Julius Young contributed to this report.