Jen Shah, known for starring on Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, has been sentenced to six years and six months in prison Friday for her role in a telemarketing scam, NBC News reports.
In addition to the 78-month sentence, which was less time than prosecutors were seeking, U.
S. District Judge Sidney H. Stein also ordered Shah to forfeit $6.5 million, 30 luxury items and pay more than $6.6 million in restitution, per NBC News.
Prior to announcing the decision, Stein told those in the courtroom that the Shah they see on Bravo involves “acting” and role-playing, and added about the series, “It’s a heavily scripted operation.”
Shah, 48, of Park City, Utah, pleaded guilty in July in Manhattan federal court to a single count of conspiracy after signing a plea agreement the day prior. She previously told a judge she was part of a massive telemarketing fraud for close to a decade that prosecutors say impacted thousands of people nationwide, a number of whom were over age 55.
Noah Samton, senior vp of current programming for Bravo Media, told The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday that no official decision had yet been on Shah’s show status ahead of the sentencing, and that the network’s team had not been in recent contact with her. His comments echoed Andy Cohen’s to THR late last year. The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City is not currently in production.
“We really have not made decisions, and we’re discussing it all the time and trying figure out what the best course of action is moving forward,” Samton said. “Whatever we hear, we’ll then take a minute to process and figure out. We always reevaluate. There are people we stop filming with and then start filming with again. It’s not math — it’s not a simple equation. We try to take into account as many different aspects of what’s going on as we can.”
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