Prosecutors are asking the judge to pursue the case against Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star Jen Shah, calling her a sophisticated criminal.
Prosecutors call Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star Jen Shah a sophisticated criminal, and have asked the judge to move forward with the case. Jen and her assistant Stuart were arrested in March for allegedly running a colossal telemarketing scam across six different states. Their scheme affected hundreds of people, and specifically targeted vulnerable individuals, such as the elderly. They would profit by calling these individuals and convincing them to invest their money in fake projects and services. According to documents, their scam began in 2012, and was active until her arrest in March. She has reportedly made over $5 million off of scamming people. Shah has been charged with multiple counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering, and can face 50 years in prison.
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Most recently, Jen asked the judge to drop the charges against her and dismiss her case. Shah has come up with a number of reasons for why the judge should comply with her request. According to her, her contact was causing her vision to be blurry while she was reading her Miranda rights, which is why she ended up waiving them. She also claims to have been tricked by the detectives into disclosing information. When first brought into questioning, she says she was confused as to why she was there, and claims the detectives purposely questioned her while she was emotional to get her to talk. She is asking for these statements to be stricken from the record. Lastly, she has a problem with the fact that she is not able to see a list of her alleged victim’s names.
As reported by Radar Online, the prosecutors claim Jen and her assistant played a major role in the telemarketing scam. According to them, Jen’s job was finding the people she found most susceptible to fraud, and selling their information to the telemarketing companies. They claim to have provided Jen with a good amount of the evidence they have gathered against her. Prosecutors also deny the notion that detectives coerced Jen into disclosing any information.
In regards to Jen’s claim that she didn’t mean to sign away her Miranda rights, the prosecutors say that is also not true. They claim the entire process can be seen on video, and she signed the document knowingly and willingly. Jen says her blurry contact lenses prevented her from knowing what exactly she was signing. The prosecutors, on the other hand, claim that once the detectives noticed her contacts were causing an issue, they helped her fix the problem before any questioning took place and before she signed the waiver. With all this evidence, they are asking the judge to move forward, and continue to pursue the case against Jen.
Jen’s arrest is the first in Real Housewife history to happen while Bravo cameras were filming. It has become one of the most anticipated moments of the upcoming season. It will be interesting to see just how much of the arrest Bravo will choose to air. It will also be intriguing to see how each cast member reacted to the arrest. Jen didn’t exactly have a lot of friends at the end of the season, so it’s a fair question to ask how the arrest affected her relationships. Season two of Real Housewives of Salt Lake City is set to be a great one for many reasons, including the arrest.
Source: Radar Online
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