Talk about the Shah shocker!
Jen Shah has rocked the Bravoverse again by taking a plea deal in her federal fraud case.
Attorney Ronald Richards, who has long followed Jen’s legal case, first announced that the reality TV star would be pleading guilty in a surprise court hearing in Manhattan on Monday, July 11. Jen’s trial was set to begin on July 18.
The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star pleaded guilty to count one, conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with telemarketing. The US attorney agreed to drop conspiracy to commit money laundering as part of Jen’s plea deal.
As part of the deal, Jen faces “up to 168 months” in prison. She also has “agreed to forfeit $6 million, and restitution of $9 million.”
The mother of two will be sentenced on November 7.
When US District Judge Sidney Stein asked Jen what crimes she committed the reality TV star finally admitted her guilt and apologized for her actions.
“Wire fraud, offering services with little to no value. We used interstate telephones and emails. I knew many of the purchasers were over the age of 55. I am so sorry,” Jen stated.
She also admitted that she knew what she was doing was “wrong and illegal.”
Since her arrest in March 2021, Jen has denied the charges against her which include conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering in connection to a nationwide telemarketing fraud scheme against the elderly.
If you would like a play-by-play of Jen’s full plea, Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press shared a live thread on Twitter.
After the hearing, Jen’s lawyer, Priya Chaudhry, released a statement to Page Six calling her client “a good woman who crossed a line.”
“She accepts full responsibility for her actions and deeply apologizes to all who have been harmed,” Chaudhry continued. “Ms. Shah is also sorry for disappointing her husband, children, family, friends, and supporters. Jen pled guilty because she wants to pay her debt to society and put this ordeal behind her and her family.”
The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City is currently filming season 3.