UPDATE – The GoFundMe has since been taken down. A screenshot of it and the original story is below.
Just over two months after the Bravo reality star was arrested and charged with crimes of money laundering and fraud in regard to a years-long telemarketing scheme, Danny Filipe launched a campaign titled “Justice for Jen Shah.”
“Each year in the United States, more than 10,000 people are falsely accused and wrongfully convicted of crimes they did not commit. This statistic demonstrates the government makes painful mistakes,” Danny began in his description of his GoFundMe request.
“We are asking 10,000 caring souls to donate $250. Jen is facing decades incarcerated in prison separated from her family if she is unable to mount a competent and well-thought out defense,” he continued.
According to Danny, Jen, who may lose her RHOSLC role due to the charges against her, needs $2.5 million dollars because of the immense volume of documents that need to be analyzed before her October trial and because the Southern District of New York is the most expensive jurisdiction in the country. He also pointed out that money is needed to hire investigators and other experts, and he said her family has already spent over $138,000 in legal fees and costs.
“We are deeply grateful for any money you are able to give Jen and her family during this incredibly difficult time,” Danny added.
At the time of this post, “Justice for Jen Shah” had received just two donations, one in the amount of $250 and a second for just $5.
In addition to her GoFundMe page, Jen, who reportedly received $5 million in “crime proceeds” from her alleged telemarketing scheme, is also attempting to raise money on Cameo, where she charges fans $99 for personalized videos.
The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City season two is expected to begin airing on Bravo sometime later this year.