Jen Shah of “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” has been publicly touting her innocence ever since her arrest on telemarketing fraud charges. Shah even went so far as to sell “Not Guilty” merchandise ahead of her trial. All the grandstanding seems to be for nothing, as Jen has now reached a plea agreement in the case.
Shah has publicly mocked the entire process. She confidently maintained her innocence and even said she wanted Kim Kardashian to join her legal team. In the end, Jen Shah admitted to taking part in the telemarketing scheme.
ABC News reported from the courtroom. Jen Shah made a statement to the judge that she prepared in advance. She apologized for the harm she has caused.
“In 2012 to March 2021 in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere I agreed with others to commit wire fraud. I knew this was wrong. I knew many people were harmed and I’m so sorry.”
According to Page Six, Shah has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. In exchange, prosecutors dropped the charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering. She will have to pay $9 million back to the victims she ripped off and could serve up to 14 years in jail.
Shah said she would not appeal her sentence if it turns out to be for less than 168 months. Under the original charges, she faced up to 30 years for her part in the scam. It didn’t take long for the plea deal to be reached after the trial began on Monday morning.
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