Disgraced “Actual Housewives of Salt Lake Metropolis” star Jen Shah might be sentenced by a federal decide in Manhattan Friday for working a yearslong telemarketing rip-off that focused aged People.
Federal prosecutors need Decide Sidney Stein handy the fallen actuality TV star as much as 10 years in jail over the scheme, arguing she helped siphon the life financial savings of her victims for almost a decade.
“On the defendant’s course, victims have been defrauded over and over till that they had nothing left,” prosecutors wrote of their sentencing submission.
“[Shah] and her co-conspirators continued of their conduct till the victims’ financial institution accounts have been empty, their bank cards have been at their limits, and there was nothing extra to take,” they wrote.
Shah, 49, pleaded responsible in July to at least one rely of conspiracy to commit wire fraud for offering “leads” about who to focus on to a crew of telemarketers that duped victims into investing in doubtful on-line initiatives.
The scammers provided their marks bogus enterprise companies starting in 2012 — then pocketed the money and supplied the victims “merchandise” and “companies” that have been of little or no worth.
At her plea listening to, Shah advised Decide Stein she knew the companies being provided have been principally nugatory.
Shah pleaded responsible in July to at least one rely of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.Heidi Gutman/Bravo/NBCU Picture Financial institution by way of Getty Pictures
“From 2012 to March 2021 within the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, I agreed with others to commit wire fraud,” Shah stated.
“I did this by knowingly offering buyer names to individuals who have been advertising enterprise companies that had little or no worth,” she added.
Shah’s protection attorneys argued in their very own sentencing submission that she ought to serve three years in jail, arguing that whereas she performed a big position within the fraud, she was not a pacesetter of the operation.
Federal prosecutors have requested Decide Sidney Stein to condemn Shah to 10 years in jail.Gabe Ginsberg/Bravo/NBCU Picture Financial institution by way of Getty Pictures
“Ms. Shah’s piece of the puzzle, although necessary, was not sufficient to hold out this fraud with out these different essential items managed and directed by skilled criminals (who weren’t Ms. Shah),” her attorneys wrote.
“There may be neither motive nor proof to put Ms. Shah on the ‘Godfather’ or ‘Kingpin’ stage of this fraud,” they added.