A Utah lady with a star function in “The Actual Housewives of Salt Lake Metropolis” actuality present pleaded not responsible Friday to costs accusing her of ripping off lots of of individuals in a nationwide telemarketing scheme.
A federal decide in New York Metropolis additionally imposed tighter bail situations for Jennifer Shah throughout a digital listening to after a prosecutor steered she was nonetheless hiding illicit proceeds from the alleged fraud and is a flight threat. Brokers looking out her house discovered debit playing cards from the account of a shell firm shaped as a part of the scheme, stated Assistant U.S. Lawyer Kiersten Fletcher.
“She’s not demonstrated a willingness to reveal her belongings,” Fletcher stated.
Shah will stay free below an order to publish a $1 million bond secured by $250,000 in money or property and co-signed by two different folks. Her attorneys had referred to as the requirement to place up property extreme as a result of she’s too well-known and desirous to battle the costs to attempt to slip away.
At a earlier listening to, Shah and a co-defendant, Stuart Smith, had been launched solely on situations barring contact with one another, touring outdoors of Utah or partaking in telemarketing. Smith, who has appeared as Shah’s assistant on the present, additionally pleaded not responsible on Friday.
Shah, 47, of Park City Utah, is a high-profile member of the primary solid of the Bravo program. She was usually on the heart of the present’s most dramatic moments and threw a glass throughout an argument with certainly one of her fellow solid members. She is married to University of Utah assistant soccer coach Sharrieff Shah.
She drew new consideration earlier this week after authorities accused her and Smith of ripping off lots of of individuals by providing fraud tax and different providers in a scheme operating from 2012 to 2021, prosecutors stated in an indictment. Most of the victims had been over 55 and didn’t personal computer systems, they stated.
Shah and Smith’s authentic arraignment was disrupted on Wednesday after Shah was unable to connect with the digital listening to on account of technical difficulties.
Shah and Smith tried to cover their function within the fraud by utilizing third-party names for his or her enterprise entities, telling victims to make use of encrypted messages to speak with them and instructing folks to ship some funds to offshore financial institution accounts, the indictment stated.
The pair “generated and bought ‘lead lists’ of harmless people for different members of their scheme to repeatedly rip-off,” prosecutors stated. “In precise actuality and as alleged, the so-called enterprise alternatives pushed on the victims by Shah, Smith and their co-conspirators had been simply fraudulent schemes, motivated by greed, to steal victims’ cash.”
A trial date was set for Oct. 18 in Manhattan.