Jen Shah from “Real Housewives Of Salt Lake City” Wants Her Criminal Charges Dismissed Because Her Contacts Were Dry When She Signed Away Her Miranda Rights
47-year-old Jen Shah from Real Housewives of Salt Lake City is a scene-stealer because she’s a head-to-toe mess who easily and frequently is triggered into a freakout. Jen brought that same high-caliber level of theatrics to the legal stage in her fight against those massive fraud charges she’s facing. Jen’s lawyer filed legal papers which said her contacts were dry and so her vision was blurry and she had no idea she was signing a document that waved off her Miranda rights. So she wants the whole case thrown out. This is going straight to the top of the “She Really Tried It” files.
Jen and her cohorts, including assistant Stuart Smith, have been accused of using her Shah Enterprises company to scam old people for their info, then selling it to other scammers who then scammed the old people again. Jen is accused of fraud spanning six states with $5 million in profits. She faces up to thirty years in prison. In April, she pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering and has been out on a $1 million bond.
Jen’s lawyers filed papers, claiming that she was tricked into signing away her Miranda rights and on top of not having her reading glasses, she says she was confused about why she was being arrested and thought she was the victim of mistaken identity. No, darling, they got the right one! via Page Six:
In new court papers filed Monday in Manhattan federal court, the reality TV personality accuses law enforcement officers of “trickery,” while slamming a “bare-bones” indictment and a “flawed theory of criminality.”
…In an affidavit, she claimed that she signed a document waiving her Miranda rights — but only because “my contact lenses, which were in my eyes, were dry, and I did not have my reading glasses, so my vision was blurry and I was unable to read the paper in front of me.”
Her lawyers claim she signed the paper “as a direct result of law enforcement deception and trickery calculated to overpower her will,” the court papers say.
Shah’s lawyers also argue that there are “multiple flaws in the theory of this case [and] the investigation,” the court papers say.
In an affidavit, Shah explains she was “confused” when she was arrested on March 30 believing that it might have to do with a 2017 New York case in which she was a victim of theft and assault and had an order of protection against the perpetrator.
“I was at this point very confused and emotionally off-balance from the strange series of events, and thought I might have been the victim of a false identification,” Shah’s affidavit says.
And when she asked if she was under arrest after she was cuffed, the officer told her “I promise we just want to talk to you,” the court documents claim.
She also claims that she “was never told, and did not suspect, that the entire conversation was being recorded,” the affidavit continues.
“I did not know the purpose of the conversation or what, if anything, I was being charged with until close to the end of the 1 hour, 20-minute interrogation, shortly after Det. Bastos said, ‘I want to conclude,’” she claimed in the affidavit.
Shah’s lawyers claim in the papers that the officer’s statements implied he was “trying to clear up an issue, if not trying to help her,” when in fact, the statements, “were plainly untrue, as he well knew that he would be taking Ms. Shah to a magistrate judge that day based on her having been indicted in New York.
“To be sure, he desperately did want to talk with her — but he did not just want to do so.”
Also if the case isn’t thrown out, her lawyer wants the prosecution to specify more closely what they think Jen did so they can defend against it because apparently there are “1.3 million documents” in the prosecution’s evidence. That’s… a lot of evidence, sweetie.
“This information cannot be adequately reviewed in a lifetime, and requires, as we argue below, that the government particularize the charges in a way that this relatively bare-bones superseding indictment does not.”
Jen Shah is an S-tier Housewife, baby! She’s got lit and yelled at many a co-star. Don’t bring up when Mary said she smelled like a hospital! Jen will lose it! So I think she’ll do fine if she ends up in prison, Hell, she’ll run that shit better than weak ass Lori Loughlin ever could!