REAL Housewives of Salt Lake City star Jen Shah has been charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud in a “telemarketing scheme” and is facing 30 YEARS in prison.
Jennifer, 47, and her assistant, Stuart Smith, were arrested in Salt Lake City, Utah, on March 30, 2021.
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Jen Shah pictured leaving the federal courthouse in Salt Lake City, Utah[/caption]
Who is Jen Shah’s assistant Stuart Smith?
Stuart is portrayed as Jen’s first assistant on the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City.
Not much else is known about him, apart from he is part of her self-proclaimed ‘Shah Squad’ on the show.
The pair are often seen filming scenes together for the reality series.
Stuart Smith appeared alongside Jen throughout this season of RHOSLC[/caption]
Why was Stuart Smith detained and what were the charges against him?
Jen and Stuart were each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with telemarketing and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years, a press release from The United States Attorney’s Office revealed.
In the press release, 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.
“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.”
Shah squad member Stuart was also arrested as part of the alleged scheme[/caption]
According to the press release, 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.
According to court papers, this included “tax preparations or website design services.”
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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 scheme ran from 2012 to March 2021, according to the indictment.