Stuart Smith, an assistant to Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star Jen Shah, has pleaded guilty to charges relating to a telemarketing scam allegedly run by Shah. Smith initially pleaded not guilty, but changed to a guilty admission on Friday, according to People.
Smith was charged in March with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. The scheme grifted elderly people for money. He was also hit with a money laundering charge and one charge of obstructing an official proceeding.
Other people who pleaded guilty in connection with the telemarketing scheme were sentenced to 5-7 years in prison. Stuart Smith will learn his fate on March 3rd. He has been released on bail while awaiting sentencing after the guilty plea avoided a trial. Smith read a statement along with his plea.
“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.”
It is unknown if this changed plea is a part of a deal to testify against Jen Shah. His attorneys may have seen the case as unwinnable and are trying to get him the least amount of prison time possible. As for Jen, her case is still pending.
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