American television star Jen Shah, best known for her work in the reality TV series, ‘The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City’, has pleaded guilty to criminal fraud charges.
According to court documents obtained by Variety, the allegations are linked to an alleged telemarketing scheme.
After pleading not guilty to the first charges, Shah filed the plea in Manhattan federal court on Monday morning (Pacific Standard Time), a week before the planned trial would begin on July 18.
‘Variety’ further states that Shah and others were previously accused of defrauding hundreds of elderly people in the US through an elaborate telemarketing scheme. The situation has been a story on Bravo’s ‘Real Housewives of Salt Lake City’, where Shah is known for his over-the-top lifestyle, flashy fashion, multiple assistants, crying, screaming, throwing drinks and incessant denial.
In addition to the time behind bars, the plea agreement calls on Shah to compensate victims amounting to more than $9 million, as well as forfeiture $6 million.
In a recent hearing, Shah’s lawyer Priya Choudhary said the reality star would like to withdraw her plea of not guilty. Shah admitted to wrongdoing, apologized to the judge and said she would not appeal if the sentence was for 168 months or less.
“In the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, from 2012 to March 2021, I agreed to commit with others,” Jen Shah read to Judge Sidney Stein in court from a prepared statement according to ABC News and quoted by Variety. had agreed to wire fraud,” “I knew it was wrong. I knew a lot of people were harmed and I’m sorry for that.”
The maximum penalty on the count of punishment is 30 years of imprisonment. Under the terms of his plea deal, Shah’s sentencing guidelines range from 135 to 168 months of imprisonment (between 11 and 14 years), though judges can choose to sentence Shah above or below that time limit.