From ‘Housewives’ to handcuffs: meet Jen Shah.
The stone-cold diva of “The Actual Housewives of Salt Lake Metropolis” fame was ripped from the comforts of her snow-capped Utah sanctum and brought into federal custody Tuesday.
Shah, 47, and her assistant Stuart Smith, 43, are accused of defrauding tons of of victims — lots of whom are working-class senior residents — in a nationwide telemarketing scheme.
The Bravo star and Smith have been charged with one depend of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one depend of conspiracy to commit cash laundering, in line with the US Legal professional’s Workplace of the Southern District of New York.
She and Smith withstand 30 years in jail.
Earlier than allegedly discovering herself on the fallacious facet of the legislation, Shah was a proud Muslim woman residing lavishly in a Mormon world.
“Salaam aleikum, bitches,” the Hawaiian and Tongan spouse and mom of two hollered within the November sequence premiere of her “Housewives” franchise.
With an unbridled tongue and fiery mood, Shah was usually in comparison with “Actual Housewives of New Jersey” star Teresa Giudice by Bravo followers on-line. Giudice was convicted on mail, wire and chapter fraud fees in 2014.
Shah, the franchise’s first Polynesian solid member, transformed from Mormonism to Islam after marrying College of Utah particular groups soccer coach Sharrieff Shah.
Her husband has not been named in connection to her alleged crimes.
Even with Sharrieff’s plentiful wage, Jen’s ill-defined line of labor brought on “Housewives” buffs on Twitter to query how the couple is ready to afford their luxurious life-style.
They reside in a swanky 9,420-square-foot rental residence that’s available on the market for about $four million. She flaunts high-end fashions and bejeweled equipment on social media. She employs eight assistants often called “the Shah Squad” who cater to her each whim. She even as soon as bragged on the present, “I most likely spend $50,000 a month.”
However Shah — who owns companies JXA Fashion, Shah Lashes and Shah Beauty — may by no means fairly outline her occupation.
She hazily detailed her tenure as a web-based promoting specialist to host Andy Cohen through the “Actual Housewives of Salt Lake Metropolis” reunion, which aired in February.
But it surely appears her profitable run in advertising may need come on the expense of others.
“Jennifer Shah, who portrays herself as a rich and profitable businessperson on ‘actuality’ tv, and Stuart Smith … allegedly generated and bought ‘lead lists’ of harmless people for different members of their scheme to repeatedly rip-off,” Manhattan US Legal professional Audrey Strauss stated in a information launch.
The pair allegedly satisfied their aged targets to put money into doubtful on-line tasks, a rip-off that went from 2012 to as lately as this month, in line with authorities.
“In precise actuality and as alleged, the so-called enterprise alternatives pushed on the victims by Shah, Smith, and their co-conspirators have been simply fraudulent schemes, motivated by greed, to steal victims’ cash.”
Shah and Smith have been released from police custody Tuesday, in line with the Salt Lake Tribune. They have been ordered to give up their passports and agree to not contact one another.
Shah’s virtual arraignment in Manhattan federal courtroom Wednesday was postponed until Friday after greater than 250 followers clogged the dial-in system to observe the proceedings.
Reps for Shah and Bravo haven’t returned The Submit’s requests for remark.