‘Real Housewives’ Star Jen Shah Gets Major Update in Fraud Case

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“The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” star Jen Shah will be able to enjoy her freedom for a little while longer. A federal judge agreed to delay Shah’s sentencing until December at the request of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The prosecutors made the request because of a scheduling conflict, according to court documents obtained by Heavy.

Shah was scheduled to be sentenced on November 28, 2022. She will now face sentencing before U.S. District Judge Sidney Stein in the Southern District of New York court on December 15, 2022, court records show. Shah pleaded guilty in July in Manhattan federal court to conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection to telemarketing. She faces a maximum of 30 years in prison and will likely receive a significant amount of time behind bars, according to her plea agreement.

Sentencing Recommendations From Prosecutors & Shah’s Attorneys Are Now Due at the End of November

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Prosecutors requested the sentencing delay in a letter to the judge on October 6, 2022, court records show. They wrote, “The Government respectfully submits this letter to request that the sentencing proceeding presently scheduled November 28, 2022, be adjourned in light of a scheduling conflict on the part of several members of the Government team. The Government understands that December 15, 2022 may be a date convenient to the Court and therefore respectfully requests the sentencing be adjourned to that date, and that the deadlines for sentencing submissions be adjourned accordingly. The defense consents to this request.”

The letter didn’t explain what the scheduling conflict is. Stein agreed to the request in an October 7, 2022, ruling. Stein set a November 30, 2022, deadline for the defense to submit its sentencing recommendation, while prosecutors will have to file a sentencing submission by December 1, 2022, records show.

Shah’s surprise guilty plea took place just before her trial was expected to start. She had previously said on the Bravo reality TV show that she was innocent and would be fighting the case in court. Shah was arrested on March 30, 2021, and has been free on bond since then. A charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering was dropped as part of her guilty plea. Her attorney issued a statement apologizing on Shah’s behalf after she pleaded guilty.

“Jen pled guilty because she wants to pay her debt to society and put this ordeal behind her and her family. Ms. Shah is a good woman who crossed a line,” attorney Priya Chaudhry said in a July statement. “She accepts full responsibility for her actions and deeply apologizes to all who have been harmed. Ms. Shah is also sorry for disappointing her husband, children, family, friends and supporters.”

Shah Could Face Up to 14 Years in Prison When She Is Sentenced

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Shah’s plea agreement indicates she is likely to be sentenced to several years in federal prison. But it will be Stein, the judge, who makes the ultimate decision, based on sentencing guidelines, recommendations from prosecutors and Shah’s lawyers and a recommendation from the federal probation office.

The plea agreement states that guidelines call for a sentence of between 11 to 14 years, along with millions in restitution. Shah agreed to not appeal any sentence of 14 years or less, while prosecutors will not appeal any sentence of at least 11 years.

After Shah pleaded guilty, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said in a statement, “Jennifer Shah was a key participant in a nationwide scheme that targeted elderly, vulnerable victims. These victims were sold false promises of financial security but instead Shah and her co-conspirators defrauded them out of their savings and left them with nothing to show for it. This Office is committed to rooting out these schemes whatever form they take.”

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