One of Jen Shah's cousin's has set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise $2.5 million to pay for the Real Housewife of Salt Lake City's legal fees.
"Each year in the United States, more than 10,000 people are falsely accused and wrongfully convicted of crimes they did not commit. This statistic demonstrates the government makes painful mistakes," Danny Filipe writes.
The page is titled "Justice for Jen Shah." After the GoFundMe went viral-- it was quickly deleted.
Prosecutors allege that Jen defrauded people out of millions in a telemarketing scheme.
Homeland Security Investigations Agent-in-Charge Peter C. Fitzhugh released the following statement:
"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," he said. "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."