Typically the drama from the Real Housewives franchises is from one throwing a glass of pino on another but this incident is umm..well it is a tad more complicated.
“Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” star Jennifer Shah is facing federal charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering in connection with a purported long-running telemarketing scam, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.
“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,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said in a statement.
According to NBCNY:
But prosecutors allege that Shah and Smith instead ran a complicated scheme to generate lists of potential victims, and sell those leads to telemarketing companies that would in turn try to sell business services to the victims. Shah and Smith would receive a share of the allegedly fraudulent revenue those telemarketers generated.
The fraud conspiracy charge carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.