On Friday, Jen Shah, a star of the Bravo reality series Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, was given a six-and-a-half-year prison term.
The TV actor admitted responsibility for her role in a fraudulent telemarketing campaign in July. Pleads guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
Shah says she will “work for the rest of my life to put it right” if she is found responsible.
She pleaded guilty in exchange for having to forfeit $6.5m (£5.3m).
In addition, she will be required to make a restitution payment of up to $9.5m (£7.8m).
Defense attorneys for Shah had asked for a term of three years in jail, while prosecutors had asked for ten. Shah was sentenced to 78 months in prison.
The prosecution claims that Shah, 49, and her ex-assistant Stuart Smith (who has also entered a guilty plea) created and marketed lists of vulnerable victims, including the elderly, to other participants in the fraud operation. It has been claimed by the prosecution that Shah is the “most culpable” defendant in this case.
Authorities claim that thousands of people have been victimized by the scheme since 2012. According to victim statements, those who fell for the plan to pay for fraudulent business prospects included a widow in her 70s who lost half of her life’s wealth and a person with a health issue who became homeless.
In March of 2021, Shah was detained on the set of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City.
The reality star had promoted her lavish lifestyle on the show, including her designer clothes, jewelry, and “Shah squad” of aides.
She entered a not guilty plea and kept her innocence a secret for the majority of Season 3.
In the past, Shah’s explanations of her work and financial condition have left cast members and spectators scratching their heads.
“Direct response marketing is what I’ve specialized in for the past two decades. I have a fortune, “During a 2019 interview, she stated.
On February 17th, Shah is going to turn himself into federal authorities.