Real Housewives are away for a really long time.
On Friday morning, Jen Shah was sentenced to 78 months (6.5 years) for organizing a nationwide fraud scheme.
Cast members of The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City will also have to serve five years of supervised release, according to Judge Sidney Stein, who ordered the Shah to appear on February 17.
At a hearing in New York City, Stein bashed Shah’s actions after attorney Priya Chaudhry began listing “good things” her clients did in the wake of her guilty plea this past July. bottom.
“What good did she do?
“When you call seniors and pitch them a business opportunity, do they deplete their credit cards, have them deposit additional credit cards, and then go on to sell other products?” by NBC News asked Stein.
“If that’s all right, I’d like to hear it.”
Shah and her assistant Stuart Smith were arrested in March 2021 for conducting phone fraud to defraud people over the age of 55.
Details later emerged about how the scheme claimed to provide tutoring courses to prepare victims for office worker sales positions.
This course did not exist.
The Shah then sells the financial and personal information received from the victim to the highest bidder.
Even after Smith pleaded guilty in November 2021, Shah continued to insist on her innocence… until July 2022, when she signed a plea bargain and confessed her role in the scheme in court.
When given the opportunity to speak in court on Friday, Shah said:
“My actions have hurt innocent people. I want to apologize by saying that I am doing everything I can to get my money back,” he said.
Last month, the Shah’s legal team filed papers seeking just three years in prison.
However, Judge Stein said in court that the Shah “was the leader of this conspiracy” and the Bravo personality tried to argue her side by saying:
“Due to long-standing untreated mental health issues, I created a fragmented reality of myself. This is a crucible moment for me.
“The right medication helped me understand what happened. I wish I had stood outside of myself. I’m sorry.”
Prosecutors want a 10-year sentence for the reality star, and in December they gave a list of why she’s “the most guilty person charged in this case,” according to legal documents.
Referring to The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, the judge added this morning:
“People shouldn’t confuse, and this court doesn’t intend to confuse the character she’s playing in an entertainment show with the person I’m standing in front of.
“The other is acting, and this is reality.”
The maximum sentence for Shah’s crimes was 30 years, but she previously agreed No If her sentence is less than 14 years, I will appeal.
According to ABC’s Aaron Katersky, Shah told her husband and sons in court that she “deeply apologizes” to them.
“Reality TV has nothing to do with reality.”
This summer, the star surprised his followers when he changed his plea before the trial.
“From 2012 to March 2021, I agreed to engage in wire fraud with other people in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere,” she said at a June 2022 New York City court hearing. said in
“I knew this was wrong. I know a lot of people were hurt and I’m really sorry.”