Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star Jen Shah is allegedly one of the masterminds behind a telemarketing scam that targeted hundreds of elderly people nationwide, according to new court documents. The 47-year-old reality TV personality, arrested for fraud and money laundering in March, is one of six suspects with "greater culpability" in the scheme, according to federal prosecutors.
In a letter to Judge Sidney Stein, prosecutors ranked more than two dozen alleged fraudsters in the case from most to least responsible — placing Shah at the top of the highest tier, according to documents filed Thursday in the Southern District of New York court.
Prosecutors say the wealth-flaunting celebrity and other suspects in her category have been dubbed "Tier A" and are considered senior participants in orchestrating the broader scheme. In case you haven't heard, Jen Shah has been accused of running a telemarketing fraud scheme that targeted elderly across the nation. Shah allegedly got "leads directly from lead sources and provided them to . . . coaching sales floors operated in Utah and Nevada.". Shah's assistant, Stuart Smith, has also been placed in the top tier — allegedly owned and operated a sales floor in Manhattan that served as hub for the telemarketing scam, according to the court papers.
The Bravo TV star and Smith, 43, are accused of running the shady hustle in five states; New York, New Jersey, Arizona, Nevada and Utah.
They allegedly encouraged victims, many of them senior citizens, to invest in dubious online projects and bogus business services between 2012 and 2021, according to the indictment.
The Tongan/Hawaiian business owner rose to relative fame when Bravo premiered its latest franchise in the Real Housewife series last year. Shah is married to Sharrieff Shah, a football coach at the University of Utah for the past 9 years. He has not with charged any involvement in the cases as yet. They have two sons together.