“Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” star Jen Shah was arrested on Tuesday for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering in connection with a telemarketing scheme.
Shaw, 47, was arrested alongside Stuart Smith, who appeared as her assistant on the Bravo series, in Salt Lake City on an indictment from the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY, reported NBC News.
The duo “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, the outlet noted.
According to the indictment, Shah and Smith allegedly scammed "vulnerable, often elderly, working-class people" by selling “lead lists” for bogus business ventures and shady online opportunities over the course of the last nine years.
Shah and Smith were each charged with one count of “conspiracy to commit wire fraud,” which carries a maximum sentence of 30 years, and one charge of “conspiracy to commit money laundering,” which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years.
According to Variety, Shah’s rep said, “At this time, we have no comment.”
“Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” premiered in January and was quickly renewed for a second season. Production of the new season is currently underway, so it is likely Shah’s legal woes will play out in front of the cameras.
During the “RHOSLC” reunion in February, Shah tried to explain what she did to earn her lavish lifestyle.
“My background is in direct response marketing for about 20 years, so our company does advertising,” Shah told host Andy Cohen.
“We have a platform that helps people acquire customers, so when you’re shopping online or on the Internet, and something pops, we have the algorithm behind why you’re getting served that ad.”