RHOSLC star Jen Shah BANNED from travel & using credit cards after arrest for fraud in 'telemarketing scheme'
REAL Housewives of Salt Lake City star Jen Shah has been banned from traveling and using credit cards after her arrest for fraud in a “telemarking scheme.”
Jen, 47, and her assistant, Stuart Smith, were arrested in Salt Lake City, Utah on Tuesday and charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with telemarketing and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.
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In court documents exclusively obtained by The Sun, Jen was released from prison on an unsecured bond, meaning that she promises to attend the next court date instead of paying bail upfront.
Part of her conditions of release include “maintaining or actively seeking verifiable employment approved by the pretrial officer.”
She is banned from traveling outside of Utah and the United States without permission from her pretrial officer, as she has also been ordered to surrender her passport.
Jen is not allowed to use her credit cards or apply for a new line of credit without permission.
The Bravo star must avoid contact with her assistant Stuart, other participants of the scheme, alleged victims and potential witnesses.
She must also comply with a person, home, office or car search by the pretrial officer if there is “reasonable suspicion of contraband or evidence of violation of a condition.”
Jen is unable to take out cash or assets from personal or corporate accounts of over $10,000, except to be used for legal costs.
The RHOSLC star is not allowed to move without prior permission.
She is also banned from telemarketing.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said in a press release obtained by The Sun: “Jennifer Shah, who portrays herself as a wealthy and successful business person on ‘reality’ television, and Stuart Smith, who is portrayed as Shah’s ‘first assistant,’ allegedly generated and sold ‘lead lists’ of innocent individuals for other members of their scheme to repeatedly scam.
“In actual reality and as alleged, the so-called business opportunities pushed on the victims by Shah, Smith, and their co-conspirators were just fraudulent schemes, motivated by greed, to steal victims’ money.
“Now, these defendants face time in prison for their alleged crimes.”
According to the press release, Jen and Stuart, along with others, carried out a telemarketing scheme that defrauded hundreds of victims, many of whom were over the age of 55, by selling them “business services.”
In the indictment obtained by The Sun, the participants had a “Business Opportunity Scheme” where they “sold alleged services” to help make the alleged victim’s companies more efficient or profitable.
According to court papers, this included “tax preparations or website design services.”
The victims were “elderly and did not own a computer.”
Participants of the scheme also provided information on “coaching sessions,” though the court documents claimed that “at no point did the defendants intend that the victims would actually earn any of the promised return on their intended investment.”
The court papers ordered Jennifer and Stuart to “forfeit to the United States any and all property, real and personal, involved in said offense or any property traceable to such property.”
The alleged scheme ran from 2012 to March 2021, according to the indictment.
The Sun exclusively reported Jen was filming for RHOSLC during the arrest.
The insider claimed: “Cameras were rolling but it was so chaotic, I’m not sure exactly what was captured.”
While the source said producers "definitely got some footage," it's unclear exactly what was captured.
The insider continued: “The cast was getting ready for a group trip to Colorado. Jen was so excited, of course she wanted to go full glam so she went and got braids done specifically for the trip.
“Literally out of nowhere after getting a phone call, she seemed panicked and had to leave due to what she said was an urgent emergency with her husband Sharrieff.
“Maybe a few minutes later, cops came in looking for Jen but she was gone. They said they were federal law enforcement.”
The source claimed when officials found Jen, she was “arrested on the spot” and appeared to be “devastated and mortified.”
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