Jennifer Shaw, who starred in Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City,” was sentenced to six and a half years in prison. Cheats thousands of victims In a long-term telemarketing program targeting the elderly and vulnerable.
Judge Sidney Stein imposed a sentence of 78 months in prison with five years of supervised release.
He faced up to 14 years under sentencing guidelines.
Shah’s defense attorney, Priya Chaudhary, released a statement Friday saying that Shah is “deeply sorry for the wrongs he has done and for the people he has hurt.”
“Jen has faith in our justice system, understands that anyone who breaks the law will be punished, and accepts that this punishment is just,” the statement said. “Jen will pay her debt to society, and when she is a free woman again, she vows to pay her debt to the victims of her wrongdoing.”
Judge Stein called Shaw an “integral” member of the decade-long fraud scheme.
Dressed in a camel bandsuit, blouse and leopard-print heels, Shaw said, her voice cracking, “First of all I’m very sorry for what I did. I take full responsibility for my actions and will do everything in my power to repair the harm I have caused.
“I am deeply sorry for the pain and significant financial loss that each and every one of you has experienced,” he said of the victims.
Shah sobbed as she apologized to her husband and two sons in a packed courtroom.
Shaw, who was Arrested in March 2021, pleaded guilty in July. Prosecutors asked for a 10-year prison sentence.
Stein questioned Shaw’s lawyer as to why Shaw’s written statement said nothing about concern for victims of fraud, and pointed out how he took steps to cover up his fraud, including moving bank accounts to Kosovo and Cyprus.
Prosecutor Robert Sobelman said the evidence would be “devastating” if the case goes to trial. She said Shaw showed no remorse to the victims and that in his text messages he was laughing with his co-conspirators about them, asking if he had found a victim to “stop crying anymore”.
Before the sentence was announced, Shah sat next to her husband, Sharif Shah, who held his hand. Her two sons were sitting on the other side of her.
About 20 of Shaw’s family members and friends sat in four rows of seats in the courtroom, which was attended by reporters, fans of the show and others.
None of her castmates from the reality series were missing from the benches.
Shaw’s attorney said she no longer sells “Free Jen” or “Justice for Jen” merchandise on her website, and that proceeds will go toward restitution to victims.