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Heather Gay Says Jen Shah Can ‘Redeem Herself’ And Deserves A ‘Second Chance’ Amid Legal Drama!

Heather Gay is showing her support to Real Housewives of Salt Lake City co-star Jen Shah amid her ongoing legal drama.

“I think that good people can do bad things, and she is claiming she is innocent,” Gay said during the June 2 episode of the “So Bad It’s Good With Ryan Bailey” podcast, according to Us Weekly. “Even if she gets … wrongfully convicted she can make things right. She can redeem herself.”

Heather hopes that Jen gets her chance at redemption. “I guess I am passionate about second chances because … when I got divorced, I didn’t have a second chance,” she explained on the podcast. “And that sucks, you know.”

“This is the biggest, hugest thing that has happened to our community, and to our group of friends and to Jen personally and to me personally,” Gay told Bailey. “I mean, this is big and it’s real.”

Heather added that Shah’s theatrics aren’t faked for the cameras and she’s just as entertaining in real life as she is on screen, even in the face of serious legal consequences.

“She is a star,” Gay added. “When you are in the room with her, she is magnetic and charismatic and you want the Jen Shah sunlight to shine on you.”

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.”


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