Judge Denies Jen Shah’s Motion To Dismiss Fraud Case

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Jen Shah will be standing trial.

The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star will be forced to face the music, and the fraud charges against her after a judge denied her request to dismiss the case against her on Friday.

“Dismissal of an indictment is an extreme sanction that is to be utilized only in the rare case,” wrote Judge Sidney H. Stein in the order obtained by PEOPLE.

Jen requested the case against her be dismissed after Hulu’s documentary The Housewife and the Shah Shocker premiered on Monday, November 29. According to the reality TV star, the documentary “severely jeopardized” her ability to obtain a fair trial. Her legal team also had concerns that the documentary would bias the jury pool.

However, the judge in the case insisted there was “no evidence whatsoever” to prove that Hulu’s documentary would compromise Jen’s trial.

Jen is facing up to 30 years in prison. She is set to stand trial in March 2022.

In March 2021, Jen and her assistant, Stuart Smith, were arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering in connection to a nationwide telemarketing fraud scheme against the elderly. She maintains her innocence.

The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. ET.

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