The Assistant Of “Real Housewives Of Salt Lake City’s” Jen Shah Has Changed His Plea To Guilty In Her Massive Fraud Case
Earlier this year, Jen Shah of the Real Housewives of Sale Lake City was arrested by the feds for allegedly running a decade-long telemarketing scheme that targeted the elderly. Jen, of course, denied the charges. Jen’s assistant Stuart Smith was accused of helping her with her grift and was charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with telemarketing, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and obstructing an official proceeding. In April, both Jen and Stuart pleaded not guilty to their charges. But welp! Stuart changed his plea to guilty leaving Jen to fend for herself against the law. Please, for the love of all that is Holy, I’m sure she’s guilty too but just let her film the reunion before you lock her up!
During the first season of RHoSLC, Jen was never really able to explain her job to anyone, despite having several employees and bringing in the money. It all came together when Jen was arrested and the Department of Justice accused her and her team of scamming hundreds of people, who were mostly elderly, by selling their information to telemarketing companies. The telemarketing companies would then target the people and sell them useless shit. Jen and the companies would split the profits. This started in 2012. via People:
Prosecutors further claimed that Shah and Smith’s scheme was a “coordinated effort to traffic in lists of potential victims,” referred to as “leads.” From there, they allegedly sold those leads to telemarketing companies that would attempt to sell business services to the targeted individuals. Both “received as profit a share of the fraudulent revenue per the terms of their agreement with those participants,” according to the indictment.
Court documents state that Jen and Start were “responsible for orchestrating the broader scheme” and “supplying the leads that sustained” the telemarketing companies.
Jen claims she’s innocent, and while on a September episode of Bravo’s Spilling Iced Tea Instagram Live show, she denied everything saying: “I think what people don’t understand is, here in America, you’re innocent until proven guilty. I’m innocent. And I believe that this is not just my test, this is everybody’s test close to me and in my corner.” The delusion is so thick I can taste it from Canada. This was like how she tried to get her charges dismissed because her contacts were dry.
That leads us to this past Friday, when Stuart Smith appeared before Southern District of New York Judge, Sidney H. Stein, and pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, and one count of obstructing an official proceeding. His sentencing is set for March 3rd and he got released on bail. But Judge Sidney didn’t let him go before reminding him his maximum combined sentence for the three charges is 70 years in jail. Stuart made a statement in court:
“I knowingly and intentionally discussed and engaged with other individuals to develop a plan or operation to obtain money by false representation by offering and inducing individuals, many of whom were over 50 years of age or older, to provide money to entities that I and others were involved with,” he began. Smith continued, sharing that he “became aware that these telemarketing companies were misleading customers of those entities by selling individuals, many of them who were older than 50 years of age, information that purported to be services to enhance their business opportunities… The services sold were of no value and of no real benefit to the customer.”
Even though it seems like Stuart took a plea and is ready to sing, Jen seems unbothered as she’s been posting on social media like normal. In fact, she seemed more pressed about co-star Meredith Marks saying on the show that Jen was flagged at Louis Vuitton for always paying cash. She was so mad she posted to Instagram a Deuxmoi gossip item saying it was untrue:
Jen Shah is every kind of fucked, but you know, she’s not the only alleged con artist on Real ScamArtists of Salt Lake City. So the next time she’s in court, I expect her to shift focus from her alleged grifting ways by saying, “Okay, yeah, while I’m here, your honor, can I tell you about Mary’s cult...”