Elevator pitch bro turned con artist Billy McFarland was released from prison about a year ago after serving time for wire fraud and defrauding his investors in the pursuit of organizing his failed luxury music festival, Fyre Fest. After getting slapped with a $26 million restitution bill and serving four years behind bars- he’s had a lot of time to think about what he’s done. And Billy’s sooooo sowwy about it all that he’s back to do it again. Last month, Billy announced that he plans to do Fyre Fest 2.0, and the collective response was basically, “Yeah, okay bud, good luck with that.” But this week, Billy came back to TikTok to say he’s in talks with financial backers to make it happen. Either those investors are looking for new ways to waste money, or those investors are about as real as a well-cooked gourmet meal at Fyre Fest.
In a shocking twist, Jen Shah has pled guilty to massive fraud! 48-year-old Jen of The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City appeared in a federal court in Manhattan this morning for a surprise hearing, switching her previous “not guilty” plea to “GUILTY”. Wow. I really didn’t see that coming. I mean, the woman’s guiltier than a Disney villain (see: her reunion look homage to Yzma from The Emperor’s New Groove in the header pic), but, since her arrest last March, she’s adamantly proclaimed her innocence. Hell, she was selling Not Guilty and #FreeJenShah merch on Instagram! I figured she’d keep that shit up during her trial, which was scheduled for July 18. But perhaps the prospect of facing 50 years in prison scared her, or she ran out of money to pay her lawyers, or she finally realized the feds’ case was too damning. Especially since her former assistant/partner in grift, Stuart Smith, pled guilty last year. Whatever the reason, Jen’s new plea agreement calls for just 11 to 14 years behind bars and restitution of up to $9.5 million. Shine on, you crazy scam queen.
Now that The Depp/Heard trial is over, the country’s courts have their resources back to be able to pinch other celebs who wanna act up, and Todd and Julie Chrisley were next in line on the docket. Back in 2019, the reality TV couple was charged with committing a buttload (“oh, behave, you!” blushed Todd) of financial crimes spanning back years. Yesterday, they were found guilty of trying to scheme banks out of $30 million in loans and federal tax crimes and could now face up to 30 years in prison.
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.
It’s time for a money fight between ex-spouses, 63-year-old Russell Simmons and 46-year-old Kimora Lee, which is absolutely bizarre because they divorced ages ago! But it’s got nothing to do with that. Kimora and her current husband, 49-year-old Tim Leissner, are being accused by Russell of stealing millions of dollars worth of stocks from him in order to pay for Tim’s bail for other financial schemes.
If you’re a Real Housewives fan, you know what a huge deal this is: yesterday Salt Lake City cast member/Season 1 villain Jen Shah got arrested and indicted by the feds for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering. The charges allege that since 2012, Jen, her assistant Stuart Smith (STU CHAINZ!), and others ran a telemarketing scheme that scammed older people by selling “lead lists” for nonexistent business opportunities. And here we were thinking Erika Girardi would be the next Housewife to get popped for swindling innocents!