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Prison sentence reduced for ‘Real Housewives of SLC’ star Jen Shah

Mar 28, 2023, 10:00 AM

'The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City' star Jen Shah, center, leaves the U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. Shah, who is married to an assistant football coach at the University of Utah, faced federal fraud charges in New York and plead guilty to the charges in 2022. In April of 2023, her prison sentence was reduced by one year. (Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)

(Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)

BRYON, TX — The prison term for Jen Shah has been reduced by one year. Shah, one of the stars of the reality television program The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, was sentenced to six years in prison for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering.

The information about Shah’s reduced sentence came from the Federal Bureau of Prisons inmate database, where Shah’s release date has been changed to August, 2028.

In mid-February, 2023, Shah, age 49, was booked into a minimum security federal prison camp in Bryon, Texas. She had pleaded guilty to running a telemarketing scheme that targeted elderly victims.

She and her assistant Stuart Smith were arrested in Salt Lake City in March 2021.

According to Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss, Shah sold ‘lead lists’ which were reportedly used by other people involved in the scam.

Those people on the lists, most of them elderly, were repeatedly scammed in a telemarketing scheme, Strauss said.

Shah pled not guilty to the charges in July 2022 but later changed her plea to guilty. At that time she had to pay $6.5 million, as well as restitution to victims of the fraud.

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