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Jen Shah, one of the stars of the reality TV show ‘The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City’ (RHOSLC), is facing serious legal troubles for her alleged involvement in a telemarketing fraud scheme. But that has not stopped her from dreaming of a biopic about her life, and she has a surprising choice for who should play her: Kim Kardashian.
Shah, who is of Tongan and Hawaiian descent, was arrested in March 2021 and charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering. She is accused of targeting elderly and vulnerable people in a nationwide scam that spanned over nine years . She has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial, which is scheduled to begin in March 2022.
In the meantime, Shah has been busy filming the second season of RHOSLC, which premiered in September 2021. The show follows the lives of six wealthy women in Utah, who belong to different religious and cultural backgrounds. Shah, who is a practicing Muslim, is known for her lavish lifestyle, outspoken personality, and loyal group of assistants, whom she calls the ‘Shah Squad’.
In a recent episode of the RHOSLC After Show, Shah revealed that she would love to have Kim Kardashian on her legal team and as her biopic star. She said that she admires Kardashian’s work in criminal justice and prison reform, and that she thinks Kardashian would understand her situation .
“I would love to have Kim Kardashian represent me, because she has been very vocal about criminal justice reform,” Shah said. “I think she would understand what’s happening, and I think that she would know what to do. And I think that she’s very smart.”
Shah also said that she thinks Kardashian would be a perfect fit to play her in a movie about her life, because they have similar features and style. She said that she has been approached by several producers who are interested in making a biopic about her .
“I think Kim Kardashian should play me in the biopic, because she has the same eyes as me, and she has the same cheekbones as me, and she has the same lips as me,” Shah said. “And she has great style, and so do I.”
Background: Jen Shah’s Fraud Case
Jen Shah’s fraud case dates back to 2012, when she and her former assistant, Stuart Smith, allegedly started a telemarketing scheme that targeted vulnerable people across the country. According to the prosecutors, Shah and Smith generated and sold lists of potential victims, known as “leads”, to other members of the scheme, who then contacted them and offered them bogus services or products, such as tax preparation, website design, or coaching sessions.
The prosecutors claim that Shah and Smith knew that the people they were selling the leads to were running fraudulent operations, and that they received a share of the profits from the scams. They also allege that Shah and Smith tried to conceal their involvement by using encrypted messaging apps, creating shell companies, and moving money through offshore accounts.
The scheme allegedly defrauded thousands of people, many of whom were over 55 years old, and some of whom lost their life savings or became homeless as a result. The victims were located in states such as Arizona, Nevada, Utah, New York, and New Jersey.
Shah and Smith were arrested in March 2021, while they were filming the second season of RHOSLC. They were later indicted by a grand jury in New York on charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering, which carry a maximum sentence of 30 years and 20 years in prison, respectively.
Shah and Smith initially pleaded not guilty to the charges and were released on bail, with conditions that included travel restrictions, electronic monitoring, and a ban on telemarketing activities. They also had to surrender their passports and any firearms they owned.
However, in November 2021, Smith changed his plea to guilty and agreed to cooperate with the prosecutors. He admitted that he and Shah sold leads to people who they knew were running scams, and that they received millions of dollars from the scheme. He also said that he was sorry for his actions and that he hoped to make amends with the victims.
Shah followed suit in July 2022, and also pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. She said that she accepted full responsibility for her role in the scheme and that she deeply apologized to the victims and her family. She also said that she wanted to pay her debt to society and put the ordeal behind her.
Shah’s plea deal required her to forfeit $6.5 million, which was the amount of money she received from the scheme, and to pay up to $9.5 million in restitution to the victims. She also faced a sentencing guideline range of 78 to 97 months in prison.
Shah’s sentencing hearing was held on December 10, 2022, at a federal courthouse in Manhattan. She appeared in person, accompanied by her husband, Sharrieff Shah, and her legal team. She also had the support of some of her RHOSLC co-stars, who attended the hearing or sent messages of encouragement.
Shah addressed the court and expressed her remorse for her involvement in the scheme. She said that she was ashamed of her actions and that she had learned from her mistakes. She also said that she wanted to use her platform to educate others about the dangers of telemarketing fraud and to help the victims rebuild their lives.
The judge sentenced Shah to 78 months, or six and a half years, in prison, which was the lowest end of the guideline range. The judge said that he considered Shah’s guilty plea, her cooperation with the prosecutors, and her personal circumstances, but also the seriousness of the offense and the harm it caused to the victims. He also said that he hoped that Shah would use her time in prison to reflect on her actions and to make positive changes in her life.
Shah is expected to surrender to federal prison on February 17, 2023. She will also be subject to three years of supervised release after she completes her sentence. She has not commented publicly on her sentencing, but her lawyer said that she was grateful for the judge’s leniency and that she was ready to face the consequences of her actions.
Jen Shah’s Future
Jen Shah, the reality TV star of ‘The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City’ (RHOSLC), has been sentenced to six and a half years in prison for her role in a telemarketing fraud scheme that targeted elderly and vulnerable people. She has also expressed her interest in having Kim Kardashian, the social media mogul and aspiring lawyer, on her legal team and as her biopic star.
Shah’s legal troubles have been a major storyline in the second season of RHOSLC, which has documented her arrest, her court appearances, and her interactions with her co-stars and family. The show has also captured her hopes and dreams of a biopic about her life, which she said she has been approached by several producers who are interested in making.
Shah said that she would love to have Kardashian play her in the biopic, because she thinks they have similar features and style, and because she admires Kardashian’s work in criminal justice and prison reform. She said that she thinks Kardashian would understand her situation and that she would know what to do.
Shah’s comments have sparked mixed reactions from her RHOSLC co-stars, fans, and experts. Some have supported and praised her choice, while others have criticized and ridiculed her for being delusional and narcissistic. Some have also questioned the likelihood and the ethics of a biopic about Shah, given the nature and the impact of her crime.
Shah’s future, both legally and in terms of her biopic aspirations, remains uncertain. She is expected to surrender to federal prison on February 17, 2023, and to serve her sentence until 2029. She will also have to pay millions of dollars in forfeiture and restitution to the victims of the scheme. She has not commented publicly on her sentencing, but her lawyer said that she was grateful for the judge’s leniency and that she was ready to face the consequences of her actions.
Shah’s biopic, on the other hand, is still a possibility, albeit a remote one. There is no official confirmation or announcement from any producer or network that they are working on a project about Shah’s life. There is also no indication that Kardashian is interested or willing to be involved in such a project, either as a lawyer or as an actor. Kardashian has not responded to Shah’s comments, and she has been busy with her own endeavors, such as studying for the bar exam, launching new products, and raising her four children.
Shah’s story, however, is undoubtedly a fascinating and controversial one, that has captured the attention and the imagination of many viewers and readers. Whether or not it will ever make it to the big screen, or whether or not Kardashian will ever play a part in it, remains to be seen.