Jen Shah Sentenced to 6.5 Years Behind Bars

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Jen Shah has been sentenced. U.S. District Court Judge Sidney Stein sentenced the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star to six and a half years in prison for her role in a nationwide telemarketing scheme. In July, Jen pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud for running a telemarketing scheme that targeted the elderly and defrauded them out of thousands of dollars. Jen also received five years of supervised release after getting out of prison. On top of that, Jen was ordered to turn over $6.5 million. She is also required to make restitution of $6.64 million and surrender 30 luxury items and 78 counterfeit luxury items. Before being sentenced, Jen addressed the court. The mom of two insists that she is “deeply sorry” for her crimes and wants to “apologize to all the victims.”

According to Jen, she is not the  “carefully created and edited” persona people see on the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City.

“Most people identify me with my public persona,” she said while breaking down into tears. “It has nothing to do with reality.”

“I would like to take this opportunity to speak about who I actually am,” she said. “I am Jennifer Shah … daughter of immigrants.”

She then thanked her family for her upbringing that was “rooted in … mutual respect, fulfillment of obligations, humility and generosity, loyalty and respect.”

“I have to come to terms that I have gone against these core values, and I am deeply sorry for what I have done,” Jen continued. “I want to apologize to all the victims and families, and I take full responsibility for the harm I caused and will pay full restitution to all of the victims.”

She added: “I recognize that some of you lost hundreds and others lost thousands, and I promise to repay.”

Jen has six weeks of freedom before she must report to prison. The reality TV star has been ordered to surrender to the Beauru of Prisons on February 17. The RHOSLC star requested to serve her sentence at FPC Bryan, a minimum security prison camp for women. This prison camp is located between Houston and Austin in Texas. Meanwhile, prosecutors in Jen’s case celebrated her sentence despite it being less than the 120-month sentence they requested.

“With today’s sentence, Jennifer Shah finally faces the consequences of the many years she spent targeting vulnerable, elderly victims,” U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said in a statement. “These individuals were lured in by false promises of financial security, but in reality, Shah and her co-conspirators defrauded them out of their savings and left them with nothing to show for it.”

The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City airs Wednesdays at 9 pm on Bravo. 

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Jen Shah was sentenced for her involvement in a nationwide telemarketing scheme, where she pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Jen Shah has been sentenced to six and a half years in prison for her role in the telemarketing scheme.

In addition to her prison sentence, Jen Shah has been ordered to serve five years of supervised release, turn over $6.5 million, make restitution of $6.64 million, and surrender 30 luxury items and 78 counterfeit luxury items.

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