GUILTY: ‘Real Housewives of Salt Lake City’ Star Jen Shah Swindles Elderly People out of Millions, Admits to Scam

Jen Shah, known for her role in “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City,” pleaded guilty Monday to federal charges of organizing a $5 million scheme that targeted vulnerable people.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Shah was arrested in March 2021 for a telemarketing scam that affected hundreds of elderly people. In court Monday at the Manhattan Federal Court, Shah pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. A previous charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering was dropped.

The guilty plea means that Shah will not go to trial in July as scheduled, Fox Atlanta reports.

Had the case gone to trial, Shah would have been facing up to 50 years in prison. Shah’s guilty plea means she’ll likely serve 14 years behind bars, according to DailyMail.

“Jennifer Shah was a key participant in a nationwide scheme that targeted elderly, vulnerable victims,” U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said in a press release.

“These victims were sold false promises of financial security but instead Shah and her co-conspirators defrauded them out of their savings and left them with nothing to show for it. This Office is committed to rooting out these schemes whatever form they take.”

As part of the guilty plea, Shah agreed to give up $6.5 million and to pay up to $9.5 million in restitution. She also admitted that she “agreed with others to commit with wire fraud.”

Shah’s assistant, Stuart Smith, previously pleaded guilty for generating and selling “‘lead lists’ of innocent individuals for other members of their scheme to repeatedly scam,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said.

Both Smith and Shah and currently awaiting sentencing. Check back for updates.

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[Featured image: Jen Shah, a cast member from the reality TV series “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” looks on while being driven from the federal courthouse Tuesday, March 30, 2021, in Salt Lake City. Two members of “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” reality television show appeared in court for the first time Tuesday after being arrested on federal fraud charges alleging they cheated hundreds of people nationwide over a 10-year period in a telemarketing scheme. Shah, 47, of Park City, Utah, and Stuart Smith, 43, of Lehi, Utah, were arrested in Utah on charges including conspiracy that were unsealed in New York City, authorities announced.(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)]