What’s next? After Jen ShahIn her highly publicized fraud case, she pleaded guilty. Salt Lake City’s Real Housewives star’s future has changed drastically.
“I think she’s probably going to get the low end of the [prison sentence] range. 135 months or a lesser sentence,” Neama RahmaniEx-Federal Prosecutor and President of West Coast Trial Lawyers. Us Weekly about Shah’s case on Tuesday, July 12. “These are very high guidelines. I wouldn’t be surprised if a judge deviated downwards.”
48-year old reality star was taken into custody in March 2021 with an assistant Stuart Smith. Shah was accused of conspiracy and wire fraud and money laundering. Bravo’s personality, Shah, initially pleaded not guilty but changed her plea Monday, June 11.
“In 2012 to March 2021 in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere I agreed with others to commit wire fraud,” she said during a court hearing in New York City. “I knew this was wrong. I knew many people were harmed and I’m so sorry.”
Shah, who was previously facing up to 30 year imprisonment for the wire fraud charge could be sentenced up to 14 years. (The U.S. Attorney’s office dropped the second charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering following the change in her plea.)
“Ms. Shah is a good woman but crossed a line. She accepts full responsibility for her actions and deeply apologizes to all who have been harmed,” Shah’s lawyer Priya ChaudhryTelled UsIn a statement made Monday. “Ms. Shah is also sorry for disappointing her children, husband, family, friends and supporters. Jen pled guilty because she wants to pay her debt to society and put this ordeal behind her and her family.”
According to Rahmani, Shah’s sentencing will have a different conclusion because she entered a guilty plea. Smith pleaded guilty to conspiracy in November 2021 to wire fraud, money laundering, obstruction of justice. He initially claimed he wasn’t guilty in the fraud case.
“Jen was potentially looking at an additional 100 months in prison, if she took the case to trial and lost. It’s a lot of time, but it would’ve been much worse if she went to trial and was convicted,” Rahmani explained to Use. “It really depends on the judge. They have complete and total discretion when it comes to sentencing and she’s waived her right to appeal.”
Amid Shah’s legal issues, Bravo exec Andy Cohen weighed in on the Utah native’s decision. “All it means is you’re changing your guilty plea,” Cohen, 54, said during an episode of his Radio Andy show on Monday. “I don’t know how I feel about this.”
Scroll down for a breakdown of Rahmani’s thoughts on Shah’s legal woes: