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The "Real Housewives Of Salt Lake City" star Jen Shah pled guilty in the controversial telemarketing scheme scandal that was brought to light in March 2021.


Back in March of last year, the 48-year-old pleaded not guilty at her first hearing. Today, over a year after she was first arrested, the reality star appeared in New York for her change of plea hearing, switching her original plea of not guilty to guilty. Her crimes include fraud and money laundering.

Entering the guilty plea means Shah will not stand trial and will be charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with telemarketing.

While Shah can potentially face a sentence of up to 30 years in prison, according to a plea agreement, federal sentencing guidelines range from 11 to 14 years in prison. The guidelines are only advisory, meaning the judge can depart from them when he sentences her later this year. As part of the plea agreement, Shah will also have to pay $6.5 million in the forfeiture and up to $9.5 million in restitution.

"I knew this was wrong. I know many people were harmed, and I am so sorry," Shah told the judge.

According to prosecutors, Shah and others sold so-called "business services" to the alleged victims, including website design services to elderly who didn't own computers, since 2012. Prosecutors also said that Shah oversaw the sales floor personally and supervised the salespeople who lied directly to the victims of the scheme.

Shah’s formal sentencing is scheduled for November 28.

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