Jen Shah’s Attorney Withdraws From Her Fraud Case as RHOSLC Star’s Assistant Takes Plea Deal

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Jen Shah's Hotshot Attorney Withdraws From Fraud Case as RHOSLC Star Hires Counsel Who Specializes in White-Collar Crimes

Jen Shah will no longer be represented by a powerhouse attorney as the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star prepares for trial.

It seems Jen is making some major changes to her legal team because her former attorney, Daniel Alonso, has informed the court that he’s withdrawing from the case.

According to court documents obtained by Radar Online, the well-known attorney, who has represented several well-known celebrities, told the court that the reality star has found a new counsel. Apparently, Jen has decided to go with Priya Chaudhry, who reportedly runs what is known as a boutique firm.

However, Priya has plenty of experience as well and has seemingly handled “criminal matters from the most sophisticated white-collar cases to homicide” according to her firm’s website.

Fortunately for Jen, her former attorney revealed that he will not be placing any liens for unpaid work against the 47-year-old, but he did express that he wants off the case as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, attorney Ronald Richards weighed in on the news as he seemingly predicted she would stitch up her attorneys before trial. Furthermore, Ronald explained that things will probably not go so well for the Salt Lake City native if she’s the only defendant left standing once her trial date rolls around.

“BREAKING: [Jen Shah’s] big firm attorneys abandon case. She is now left with a small practitioner,” he tweeted on August 9. “We predicated this weeks ago. It would be a disaster for her if she is the only defendant left going to trial.”

Earlier this week, Ronald shared that Jen’s assistant, Stuart Smith, will likely flip on her after he initiated that he was ready to plead — an indication he has taken a plea deal.

As fans well know, Jen was arrested in March and charged with two counts of fraud after she and Stuart allegedly ran a years-long telemarketing scheme. According to prosecutors, Jen helped orchestrate the alleged scam, which they believe defrauded thousands of victims, including the elderly, out of millions of dollars.

Jen has pleaded not guilty to the charges, but she’s facing up to 50 years in prison if convicted.

The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City season two is expected to premiere before the end of the year.

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