On Friday morning, Jen Shah from Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” was arraigned in federal court docket, and pleaded not responsible to the fraud charges for which she was arrested earlier this week. The arraignment, which had been rescheduled from Wednesday after large technical difficulties thwarted the hearing, occurred earlier than United States District Decide Sidney H. Stein.
On Tuesday, Shah was indicted and arrested for conspiracy to commit wire fraud in reference to telemarketing, and conspiracy to commit cash laundering. The costs have been led to from the USA Legal professional for the Southern District of New York. She was arrested alongside together with her assistant, Stuart Smith, who has additionally been featured “The Actual Housewives of Salt Lake Metropolis,” as certainly one of her many assistants.
Stein requested Shah how she pleaded to the 2 fees, and she or he stated, “not responsible” to each.
Although the court docket set quite a few restrictions on Shah and Smith, Stein didn’t say she will’t movie “Actual Housewives.” A consultant from Bravo didn’t reply to a request for remark, nor did Shah’s publicist instantly reply to Selection‘s inquiry.
The phrases of Shah’s bail have been additionally set. The federal government requested for $1 million bond, secured by $250,000 money or property, co-signed by “financially accountable individuals.” Shah’s new legal professional, Henry Asbill, objected to that characterization, and the decide shot down his objection, saying it was “pretty customary.”
Shah was additionally forbidden from taking bank card funds with the companies which can be in dispute, and her attorneys requested that exceptions be made for her facet gigs of her magnificence, lash and vogue enterprise. Additionally they talked about that she receives cash for being on “The Actual Housewives of Salt Lake Metropolis,” however that doesn’t contain bank cards.
Assistant U.S. Legal professional Kiersten A. Fletcher, the prosecutor, stated that Shah and Smith are on the “highest degree” of the rip-off, and function shell firms, certainly one of which has introduced in $5 million. “The federal government believes that Ms. Shah and Mr. Smith” have entry to a number of money, she stated, and $250,000 is “modest” in comparison with how a lot cash they’ve allegedly stolen. She stated they haven’t been forthcoming in detailing their property.
When it comes to flight threat, Fletcher stated, Shah’s public persona is “inadequate” to insure that Shahwon’t flee, thus the quantity of the bond. Shah has solely an expired passport that was discovered within the search of her home, and she or he’s barred from making use of for a brand new one, the decide dominated.
The decide additionally stated Shah had crammed out an announcement of private value, and she or he’d written “zero,” which he thought was “extremely unlikely.” Her attorneys stated she was unable to get entry to her monetary paperwork, so they’d make clear all of that.
He additionally requested whether or not Shah owns a house, which is a topic that has been in dispute within the “Actual Housewives” neighborhood. Earlier this week, Page Six reported that the home Shah and her household have been seen residing in through the present’s first season, a large ski chalet known as “SHAH SKI CHALET” within the chyron, was a rental.
Her attorneys stated that they didn’t suppose Shah owns any property, and, sure, she is at present renting.
The decide agreed to the bond, as a result of he stated he thought she was a flight threat. He would launch her on her personal private recognizance, and she or he has one week to adjust to the situations. She is allowed to depart Utah solely to go to New York Metropolis or Washington, D.C., the place she is being charged and the place her attorneys have workplaces. He set quite a few monetary situations, and stated Shah can’t interact in telemarketing or any associated enterprise.
He additionally forbade “extreme use of alcohol.” On the present, Shah’s ostentatious rages have been exacerbated by her ingesting.
Shah’s trial date was set for October 18.