‘Real Housewives’ Jen Shah Sentenced to 6.5 Years


The “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” favorite, Jen Shah, was just sentenced to 6.5 years by a Manhattan federal court for telemarketing schemes. Shah pled guilty to wire fraud, and argued for a sentence more lenient, as she was “sucked into the schemes by ‘unsavory fraudsters'”, describing her co-defendants. Shah’s attorney requested the prison sentence be three years, and prosecutors pushed for a ten year sentence. Judge Stein decided on a moderate 6.5 years, telling Shah’s attorney, Priya Chaundhry, “She was too important. She was a leader of this conspiracy. So the fact that she never talked to a victim actually cuts against you.”

After the sentencing hearing, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Damian Williams, said “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,” Williams added. “This conviction and sentence demonstrate once again that we will continue to vigorously protect victims of financial fraud and hold accountable those who engage in fraudulent schemes.” Williams also said that the sentence is a mere consequence of Shah “draining the ban accounts of vulnerable, elderly victims.”