“Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” star Jen Shah will be required to enroll in a mental health treatment program after serving her six-and-a-half-year sentence.
Shah was hit with a six-and-a-half-year sentence in prison for being involved in a telemarketing scam that preyed on the elderly and defrauded thousands.
The reality star initially asserted her innocence when she was arrested before later admitting guilt. She apologized to her family and the victims for her crimes.
Read on for more details.
Jen Shah Was Sentenced To Six-And-Half Years Behind Bars
The Bravolebrity will serve a prison sentence of six and a half years for her part in a hoax telemarketing scheme that targeted the elderly and scammed thousands of people out of their money.
Shah’s attorney, Priya Chaudry, reiterated that the reality star deeply regrets her errors and also conveyed her apologies to the victims of the scheme.
“Jen has faith in our justice system, understands that anyone who breaks the law will be punished, and accepts this sentence as just,” Chaudry said, per Page Six. He went on to add, “Jen will pay her debt to society and when she is a free woman again, she vows to pay her debt to the victims harmed by her mistakes.”
According to the Inner City Press, US District Judge Sidney Stein opined that Shah’s role on the “RHOSLC” should not be confused with who she truly is, noting that she was a head figure in the conspiracy.
She Must Undergo Mental Health Treatment Program Upon Completing Time
Shah will not be let off the hook even after serving her time in jail because she still has other requirements to fulfill before she can be released.
For the reality TV star to be released from prison, TMZ reports that she must complete a five-year supervised release and undergo a mental health treatment program.
According to reports, Shah apologized for her crimes and became emotional during the sentencing, saying, “With the proper medication, I can now see what happened.”
After being released from prison, she must continue taking her medications unless her doctor instructs otherwise. Additionally, she may be subject to drug and alcohol testing to determine whether she has resumed using these substances, and her probation officer must be informed of the mental health program she enrolls in.
Jen Shah Apologized To Family And Victims Ahead Of Sentencing
The mother of two broke down as she apologized to her husband Sharrieff and her sons Omar and Sharrieff Jr. just before she was given her sentence. “I am profoundly and deeply sorry,” Shah said, according to ABC reporter Aaron Katersky.
The Inner City Press reported that Shah apologized to her younger son, Omah, for being present when federal authorities came to detain her. “To my baby Omar, Mommy is so sorry you were woken up at gunpoint,” she said.
The reality star also expressed her regret to the people who had fallen for her telemarketing scam. “You and the world know me as Jen Shah, but reality TV has nothing to do with reality, even my tagline, Shah-mazing — they wrote it. I want to speak about who I am,” Shah noted.
“I am sorry. My actions have hurt innocent people. I want to apologize by saying, I am doing all I can to earn the funds to pay restitution,” the reality star stated, according to a Twitter thread by Inner City Press.
Jen Shah To Pay Restitution For Her Crime
In addition to forfeiting several luxury items like bags, pieces of jewelry, rings, and jackets, Shah, 49, will have to pay about $6 million in restitution.
US Judge Stein questioned Shah about how she planned to pay the $6 million in restitution, to which Shah responded, “My manager is here, we’re working on things.”
She acknowledged that she would be working on making the restitution from behind bars and noted that she had donated the proceeds from the sale of the case-related goods she had sold through a third-party vendor to the victims.
Shah is expected to avail herself on February 17th, 2023, to begin her prison sentence. The judge didn’t designate a specific facility but said it would be in the Texas region.