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Porsha Williams, Gizelle Bryant And Tamra Judge React To Jen Shah’s Arrest And Legal Scandal!

More Bravolebrities have reacted to Jen Shah’s arrest amid legal scandal, including Real Housewives stars Porsha Williams, Gizelle Bryant, and Tamra Judge

Williams and Bryant discussed Shah’s recent legal drama during a recent episode of Bravo’s Chat Room.

“This is a pretty big deal and to have something like this happen during [the] season, everybody’s gonna have an opinion, everybody’s gonna have all eyes on it,” the Real Housewives of Atlanta star said, according to Cheat Sheet. “This is gonna be escalated to the next level.”

Bryant chimed in after saying that she found out The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City was in the middle of filming season 2 when Shah got arrested.

“Can you imagine you’re filming and you look at your phone you’re read, ‘B*** you’re about to be arrested?’ I mean, that’s like horrible on so many levels,” the Real Housewives of Potomac star added. “I did appreciate her box braids. She took us back to Janet Jackson’s Poetic Justice, honey.”

Meanwhile, Tamra Judge also commented on Shah’s legal scandal during a recent interview. 

“I don’t know a lot about the case … I’d like to say she’s innocent until proven guilty,” the Real Housewives of Orange County alum told Derek Zagami on RealiTea with Derek Z on April 6.

Judge continued: “If you’re doing illegal stuff, you’re an idiot. If you’re doing illegal stuff and go on a reality show, you’re a special type of idiot. … Why go on reality TV if you're doing criminal acts? You’re just asking for it.“

The news comes after 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. 

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.”

On Friday, April 2, Jen pleaded not guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with telemarketing and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Along with her local Utah lawyer, Clayton Simms, Jen hired Henry Asbill, a known white collar crimes defense attorney who works out of Washington, D.C. Shah called into the court hearing via Zoom two days after her initial hearing was postponed because too many people dialed into Wednesday’s virtual arraignment.

Federal prosecutors asked to impose a million-dollar recognizance bond for Shah, which will be secured by $250,000 in cash or property and requires a signature from two “responsible persons.” According to Asbill, however, Shah is “renting a home right now” and doesn’t have any property in her name, reports Us Weekly.

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


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