JEN Shah reportedly failed to appear at her own arraignment because so many people flooded the virtual call.
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Jen Shah ‘failed to appear at her own arraignment because so many people flooded the virtual call’Credit: Getty
US District Judge Sidney Stein reportedly gave up after 45 minutes of trying to get the Bravo star on the call and adjourned the proceeding to Friday.
At one point, a Real Housewives fan – unaware that her line was public – apparently said: “Do you watch Bravo? It’s the best thing ever!”
One user – it’s unclear if it was the same women – then reportedly said: “So one of the housewives got busted for fraud.”
She has been charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud in a ‘telemarketing scheme’Credit: AP
The RHOSLC star couldn’t dial in as 253 people were on the call, sources claimedCredit: Instagram
A clerk intervened and ordered anyone on the line to be silent, Page Six reported.
Jen and her co-defendant, assistant Stuart Smith, 43, who are in Utah, have each been charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with telemarketing and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.
This carries a maximum sentence of 30 years, a press release from The United States Attorney’s Office revealed.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said: “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.”
The 47-year-old could face 30 years in prisonCredit: Getty Images – Getty
“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.”
Jen and Stuart, along with others, allegedly 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.
Jen’s assistant Stuart Smith (pictured) was also chargedCredit: Bravo
According to court papers, this included “tax preparations or website design services.”
The victims were “elderly and did not own a computer.”
Jennifer and Stuart made efforts to conceal their roles in the Business Opportunity Scheme.
In one example, they used encrypted messaging apps to communicate with others involved in this scheme.
Their alleged victims were ‘elderly and did not own a computer’Credit: Getty Images – Getty
The scheme ran from 2012 to March 2021, according to the indictment.
The Sun exclusively revealed that RHOSLC crew were filming when a panicked Jen was arrested while getting ready for a cast trip.
The insider claimed: “Cameras were rolling but it was so chaotic, I’m not sure exactly what was captured.”
While the source said producer “definitely got some footage,” it’s unclear exactly what was captured.
Jen shared this snap from her makeup artist just before her arrestCredit: Instagram
“The cast was getting ready for a group trip to Colorado,” the insider spilled exclusively to The Sun.
The informant continued: “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.”
The Sun revealed the TV personality has been banned from leaving Utah and has surrendered her passport as she awaits her next court date.
She is also not allowed to use her credit cards or apply for a new line of credit without permission.