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New Details Emerge About Jen Shah’s Arrest!

As previously reported, Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star Jen Shah and her assistant, Stuart Smith, were arrested for their alleged roles in a telemarketing scheme that defrauded hundreds of victims throughout the United States on Tuesday, March 30.

A source confirmed to Variety an anonymous tip sent to the Instagram account @twojudgeygirls, that Shah was filming Season 2 with the rest of the cast preparing for a trip to Colorado, reported Page Six.

Shah departed, citing an emergency with her husband, and federal law enforcement subsequently swarmed the production in search of Shah. The source added that cameras were rolling at the time, though it was unclear if the feds stopped them from filming.

Now, Instagram account @twojudgeygirls share details about Shah’s arrest. The page spilled the tea via their Instagram Story. They reveal that the cast was set to head out to Vail, Colorado for their cast trip, as filming for Season 2 is underway.

The post read as, “Anonymous please BUT they’re filming today because the ladies are going to CO on a cast trip this morning. All  the sudden Jen had to leave filming quickly because of an emergency with her husband. 5 minutes later swat and the feds were looking for her. They believe she was tipped off but obviously caught up with her just after that.”

Then, the page shared more details in a lengthy post via their Instagram Stories as to how the cast and Bravo producers learned the news and how Jen got arrested. Check it out below!

For those who don't really understand why Jen got arrested, a user from Reddit broke it down in detail. Read the lengthy post below!

Shah and Smith were booked in Salt Lake City on conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with telemarketing and conspiracy to commit money laundering charges. They each face a maximum sentence of 30 years for the wire fraud charges and an additional 20 years for the money laundering charges.

“Jennifer Shah, who portrays herself as a wealthy and successful businessperson 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,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said in a press release on Tuesday, reports the outlet. “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 and Smith flaunted their lavish lifestyle to the public as a symbol of their ‘success,’” HSI Special Agent-in-Charge Peter C. Fitzhugh added. “In reality, they allegedly built their opulent lifestyle at the expense of vulnerable, often elderly, working-class people. As alleged, disturbingly, Shah and Smith objectified their very real human victims as ‘leads’ to be bought and sold, offering their personal information for sale to other members of their fraud ring. Working with our partners at the NYPD and the United States Attorney’s Office, SDNY, and with the assistance of HSI Salt Lake City, HSI New York worked to ensure that Shah and Smith will answer for their alleged crimes. As a result, their new reality may very well turn out differently than they expected.”

According to Us Weekly, New York Police Department Commissioner Dermot Shea went on to thank the “hard work” of the NYPD for the case.

“These individuals allegedly targeted and defrauded hundreds of victims but thanks to the hard work of the NYPD and our law enforcement partners, this illegal scheme was brought to an end,” Shea said on Tuesday. “I congratulate the NYPD detectives, Homeland Security Investigations, and the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York for their hard work in bringing these persons to justice.”

Production on season 2 is currently underway, with Shah expected to return alongside Meredith Marks, Whitney Rose, Heather Gay, Lisa Barlow, and Mary Cosby. Shah has yet to publicly comment on the case.


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