The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City cast had “zero idea” about co-star Jen Shah’s alleged telemarketing fraud scheme.
According to a new report from HollywoodLife, the Salt Lake City Housewives “believed everything” Jen claimed about her business and finances because she was confident and people “respected her privacy.”
“The ladies on the Salt Lake cast had zero idea about Jen and were completely in shock,” a source told HollywoodLife. “They still are stunned. When it came to her money and lifestyle, they believed everything that Jen ever said because she’s such a confident and secure with herself woman, but they also respected her privacy, and nobody ever pushed back on what she said, Andy [Cohen] included.”
“He straight up asked her at the reunion and he believed her,” the source continued. “The cast is being button-lipped right now over the situation.”
Jen’s legal situation won’t affect production on season 2 of RHOSLC as no one on the show knew about any of it.
“NBC Universal and Bravo had zero idea about any of this,” the insider explained. “Production is going forward as normal right now.”
“The defendants both Stuart Smith and Jennifer Shah are really at the highest level of the scheme as it’s charged. The government’s view is that Shah and Smith together controlled no less than $5 million in crime proceeds that passed through just that one entity account. And there are other accounts in the name of other shell companies,” Assistant US Attorney Kiersten Fletcher, said in a statement.
Jen and Stuart “allegedly generated and sold ‘lead lists’ of innocent individuals for other members of their scheme to repeatedly scam. In actual reality and as alleged, the so-called business opportunities pushed on the victims by Shah, Smith, and their co-conspirators were just fraudulent schemes, motivated by greed, to steal victims’ money,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss added in a separate statement.
Stay tuned for more on this developing story.
RHOSLC will return to Bravo for season 2 in late 2021.