Jen Shah of RHOSLC is in significant legal danger and could face a hefty prison sentence. Shah pleaded guilty to wire fraud on July 11, 2022, and her arrest was covered in the show’s second season. Shah rose to fame in 2020 after appearing on RHOSLC. She will soon be seen in the third season of the program. Jen states in the teaser that she is innocent and has been tricked by her helper Stuart Smith. Danna then tells Whitney that the informant in this case was someone she knew who also worked with Jen. While Shah has yet to be convicted, here are five facts about Jen Shah’s fraud case to remember when RHOSLC Season 3 debuts on September 28, 2022.
5 Basic Facts Regarding RHOSLC Jen Shah’s Trial and Hearings
1) Jen Shah has been running her “fraudulent” operation since 2012.
Jen Shah is accused of defrauding hundreds of individuals, many of whom were over 55, through a telemarketing operation spanning six states. She has been operating this scam since 2012. Jen and her employee Stuart Smith have reportedly preyed on frail elderly people, offered them “business services” and carried out “fraudulent schemes” that Shah admits had little to no value.
According to HSI Special Agent-in-Charge Peter C. Fitzhugh, the RHOSLC star and her assistant identified their victims as “leads” to be sold. Shah and Smith were both charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud and money laundering. Jen was arrested in March 2021. She initially rejected the claims and vowed to fight all charges.
2) Shah was detained in a parking lot after she canceled her vacation plans with her opponent.
Jen Shah was arrested while filming an episode of RHOSLC Season 2, which will premiere on Bravo on November 7, 2021. She was getting ready to leave with her co-stars for a vacation to Vail, Colorado. Jen fled the stage after receiving a phone call that originally said her husband had been hospitalized due to a stomach bleed.
Off-camera, she was detained in the Beauty Lab parking lot by Homeland Security, the New York Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Jen told Heather Gay that she felt like she was being kidnapped when a white minivan and black SUV approached her in the parking lot. Shah also accused police of breaking into her home and brandishing a gun at her child.
3) Shah first pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Jen pleaded not guilty in April to both charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering. Prosecutors, on the other hand, said her deception earned her at least $5 million. Jen was asked by the court to relinquish her passport because she posed a flight risk. Shah’s trial was set to begin on July 18, but she pleaded guilty on July 11 and is now awaiting her sentence. In Season 2, she let her co-stars know she was innocent. In Season 3, she may have to explain her plea deal to them.
4) Shah can be jailed for 30 years.
In November 2022, the RHOSLC star will be sentenced. Shah faces up to 30 years in prison, but she hopes to work out a plea deal that will limit her term to 11 to 14 years. As part of a plea deal, the US attorney has already dropped the conspiracy to commit money laundering, reducing her possible jail term from 50 years to 30 years.
5) Jen’s assistant also changed his plea in the middle of the trial.
Stuart was arrested the same day as Jen and pleaded not guilty. He changed his plea to guilty in November 2021 and promised to testify against his former employer. He has yet to be convicted. Jen may be featured in the RHOSLC Season 3 promo where she blames everything on her former assistant Stuart Smith and claims she’s innocent.