Jen Shah of the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City fame is now a federal prison inmate. The former reality T.V stars’ stunning fall from grace apparently came at her own expense amid reports that she is actually a wild scam artist. According to court documents out of the Eastern District of New York, Shah and her assistant allegedly engaged in an expansive telemarketing scheme that led to thousands of 55s and older losing out on millions.
Shah notoriously gained even more fame outside of reality T.V for the fact that she is widely known for flaunting her extreme wealth. Wealth that federal prosecutors argue was unlawfully obtained by selling fictitious business services to unsuspecting and often elderly working class clients.
“Shah and Smith flaunted their lavish lifestyle to the public as a symbol of their ‘success,'” Peter C. Fitzhugh, the special agent in charge of the investigation for the Department of Homeland Security, said in a statement. “In reality, they allegedly built their opulent lifestyle at the expense of vulnerable, often elderly, working-class people.”
Both she and her assistant are facing nearly 50 years behind bars for their telemarketing scheme.