Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star Jen Shah was arrested by the feds Tuesday morning for her alleged part in a telemarketing scam.
Both Shah and her assistant, Stuart Smith, face charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
They are both facing 30 years in prison.
“Shah and Smith flaunted their lavish lifestyle to the public as a symbol of their’ success,'” said Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent-in-Charge Peter Fitzhugh in a release. “In reality, they allegedly built their opulent lifestyle at the expense of vulnerable, often elderly, working-class people.”
The indictment out of the Southern District of New York accuses Shah of executing a telemarketing scheme that operated in six states — New York, New Jersey, Arizona, Nevada and Utah.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said: “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. 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.”