RHOSLC's Jen Shah accused of 'orchestrating' $5M telemarketing scam and becomes 'suspect with greater culpability'

JEN Shah has been accused of "orchestrating" a $5million telemarketing scheme that targeted elderly people.

The RHOSLC star, 47, was charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud back in March and could face 30 years in prison.


And on Thursday, prosecutors released further details in the Bravo star's case in documents filed in the Southern District of New York court and obtained by TMZ.

They named Jen as a "suspect with greater culpability" while ranking more than two dozen alleged fraudsters in the case from most to least responsible.

The reality star and five other suspects in her category – called "Tier A" -were named as "the more senior participants… responsible for orchestrating the broader scheme".

SHADY DETAILS

They "continued to participate" even when they were made aware that "criminal charges could be coming".

Two suspects from Jen's group have already been sentenced to 78 months and 60 months respectively in the case, according to the report.

Jen allegedly acquired "leads directly from lead sources and provided them to coaching sales floors operated in Utah and Nevada."

Jen and her assistant Stuart Smith – who was also placed in Tier A – allegedly owned and managed a sales floor in Manhattan.

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His floor served as the main hub for the telemarketing scheme, according to court filings.

Jen and Stuart, 43, are accused of running the scheme in New York, New Jersey, Arizona, Nevada and Utah.

The reality star's attorney Priya Chaudhry denied the claims, telling TMZ: "The reality is – she is totally innocent.

"This is just their latest made-up allegation, and like all others, totally unsupported by evidence."

Back in March, Jen was arrested just as the Bravo cameras filmed the cast's trip to Colorado.

She and Stuart were charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with telemarketing and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.

'SCAMMING THE ELDERLY'

They were accused of scamming "elderly" and "vulnerable" customers out of thousands of dollars.

An insider close to the star told The Sun at the time of her arrest: "Cameras were rolling but it was so chaotic, I'm not sure exactly what was captured."

While the insider said producer "definitely got some footage," it's unclear exactly what was captured.

“Literally out of nowhere after getting a phone call, she seemed panicked and had to leave due to what she said was an urgent emergency with her husband Sharrieff. 

“Maybe a few minutes later, cops came in looking for Jen but she was gone. They said they were federal law enforcement.”

JEN'S SHOCK ARREST

The source claimed that when officials found Jen, she was “arrested on the spot” and appeared to be “devastated and mortified.”

When the arrest was made, Manhattan US Attorney Audrey Strauss said: "Jennifer Shah, who portrays herself as a wealthy and successful business person 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."

They could potentially face up to 30 years in prison if found guilty.

Following her being released without bond, Jen has been banned from excessive drinking and using drugs, she can't use her credit cards, take out excessive amounts of money, and can't travel outside of Utah until her October hearing.

Last month,  Jen begged a judge to throw out her fraud charges because her "dry contact lenses" caused her to waive her Miranda rights.

Her lawyer claimed that while a detective read her rights aloud and gave her a printed copy to sign, she didn’t know what she was looking at when she signed it.

“Although she heard the words he read, Ms. Shah’s contact lenses, which were in her eyes, were dry, and she did not have her reading glasses, so her vision was blurry and she was unable to read the paper in front of her,” the motion read.

In May, Jen's cousin Danny Filipe insisted she is innocent, after a GoFundMe page he set up to raise money for her legal fees was removed.

He exclusively told The Sun: "It's what we do as a family, stick together. Her plea was not guilty. She is innocent. Enough said."


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