On Friday (Jan. 6), Real Housewives of Salt Lake star Jen Shah was sentenced to six and a half years in prison for conspiring to commit wire fraud. Shah spearheaded a telemarketing scheme that targeted elderly people who were afraid to travel amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, according to prosecutors. Robert Sobelman said, “She ran her own floor and trained and hired people here in Manhattan for years. She was here in New York half a year telling people how to do this.”
Sobelman said a ten-year sentence was “appropriate” for Shah’s crimes. He added, “We think a 120-month sentence would be appropriate. She was concerned about herself. To us these were not numbers, these are older vulnerable people whose lives were turned upside down by the defendant’s telemarketing scam and they still suffer. Some of them would have liked to be here today but are not comfortable traveling due to their age and Covid-19.”
The reality star has made a name for herself by flaunting her lavish lifestyle. Jen Shah has maintained her innocence since her arrest in March 2021 and used the following tagline for season two: “The only thing I’m guilty of is being Shah-mazing.” Federal authorities used this line against Shah, claiming she’s mocking the judicial system.
NBC News reports she showed visibly no emotion when receiving her prison term. Real Housewives of Potomac star Mia Thornton appears to be the first housewife to support Shah publicly. “Praying for you,” Thornton wrote in a since-deleted tweet.