Jin Shah skipped the RHOSLC season 3 reunion after Bravo asked her to discuss legal issues
Jin Shah shares why she chose not to attend Friday’s reunion The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City.
The reality star, 49, shared on Instagram that she won’t be at the reunion after Bravo found it “unsatisfactory” that she wasn’t willing to discuss her ongoing legal troubles. Last July, Shah entered a guilty plea for her role in an alleged telemarketing scheme scandal.
“On September 14, 2022, I was informed by Bravo executives that I had not been invited to the Season 3 Reunion,” she wrote. “I was disappointed that I didn’t have a place to confront mistakes and tell my story with the cast members. Out of nowhere, on November 29, two and a half weeks ago, I was invited to cast. I was happy when I knew I would get a voice in [the] Reunion.”
She continued, “I have been clear with Bravo that, out of respect for the courts and a standing injunction, I will not be in a position to discuss anything related to my legal case or judgment.”
Shah concluded her statement by explaining that Bravo still wanted her to open the case, explaining that “Bravo found this unsatisfactory and said it expected to discuss this ‘story.’ This expectation does not concern me or the welfare of my family; therefore under legal advice, I will not attend the reunion. I need To focus on the most important thing in my life – my family.”
On her charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with telemarketing and conspiracy to commit money laundering, Shah told a New York City judge this summer, “We used interstate phones and emails. I knew many of my buyers were over the age of 55. I’m so sorry.”
“Ms. Shah is a good woman who has pushed boundaries,” Priya Chaudhary, the reality star’s lawyer, told People at the time. “She takes full responsibility for her actions and deeply apologizes to all those affected. Ms. Shah also regrets disappointing her husband, children, family, friends and supporters. Jane pleaded guilty because she wants to pay her debt to the community and we are putting this ordeal behind her and her family.”
Shah was first arrested in Utah in 2021 along with her assistant Stuart Smith – for allegedly masterminding a phone scam to defraud people over 55.
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Jennifer Shah, who portrays herself as a wealthy and successful businessman on “reality” television, and Stuart Smith, who is portrayed as Shah’s “first assistant,” allegedly created and sold “master lists” of innocent individuals to other members of their scheme. Manhattan District Attorney Audrey Strauss, previously, in a press release.
“In actual fact and it is alleged, the so-called business opportunities that Shah, Smith and their co-conspirators paid to the victims were merely fraudulent schemes, driven by greed, to steal the victims’ money. Now, these defendants face time in prison for their alleged crimes.”
While in court, Shah agreed not to appeal if she was sentenced to “168 months [in] imprisonment or less”—an amount equivalent to 14 years. She also agreed to waive $6 million, and pay restitution of $9 million.
Shah is expected to be sentenced in January. She faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison.
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