Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star Jen Shah has been sentenced to 6.5 years, or 78 months, in prison on Friday, January 6, after pleading guilty to wire fraud. Details of when Jen will begin serving her sentence and how long she will have to serve are revealed.
Jen arrived at court to face her verdict Friday morning in Manhattan, New York, accompanied by her husband, Sharrieff Shah Sr., and her two sons.
U.S. District Judge Sidney Stein, who has presided over the case, addressed the packed courtroom. “Jen Shah’s role on the ‘Real Housewives of Salt Lake City,’ which I guess is why the courtroom is so full today, is just that, a role. People should not confuse the character she plays on an entertainment show to the person before me,” he stated per the Inner City Press, via Page Six.
NBC News shared the video below of Jen, 49, arriving in court this morning at about 8:20 a.m. Eastern Time.
Jen Shah arrived to court at about 8:20 a.m. ET, more than 90 minutes ahead of her scheduled sentencing. https://t.co/uQFdy9dZ31 pic.twitter.com/jIHmPwB4jC
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 6, 2023
During the sentencing hearing, Judge Stein repeatedly addressed Jen as a “leader” in the role she played in a telemarketing scheme aimed at defrauding thousands, primarily the elderly.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Sobelman, who led the Federal Government’s case against Jen, said, “Every cooperator told us, Jen Shah is the boss. They all knew who she was.”
Prior to Jen’s sentencing, her attorney, Priya Chaudhry, said that Jen “regrets the mistakes she has made. She is sorry. She had faith in our justice system. Jen will pay her debt to society.”
However, Robert disagreed.
“There is not one message from her that expresses any type of remorse, not one. The defense hasn’t submitted any. That’s not how she felt even when she pled guilty,” he stated.
Before Jen’s 6.5-year sentence was handed down, prosecutors were seeking a lengthier 10-year sentence for Jen. Per their sentencing submission, Jen’s “victims were defrauded over and over again until they had nothing left. [Shah] and her co-conspirators persisted in their conduct until the victims’ bank accounts were empty, their credit cards were at their limits, and there was nothing more to take,” they wrote.
Jen’s defense attorneys were hopeful for a lesser sentence of three years, citing Jen’s moral character. They were hopeful that letters from family and friends would sway Judge Stein into a more lenient sentence despite it already being reduced from the original 14 years.
“We submit that such a sentence is just and fair because it takes into account Ms. Shah’s history and characteristics, the facts and circumstances of the offense, and meets that a court impose a sentence that is ‘not greater than necessary’ to achieve the goals of punishment,” her attorney, Priya, previously argued.
Jen gave her final address to Judge Stein earlier Friday morning before hearing her sentence, saying, “Reality TV has nothing to do with reality. I want to apologize by saying I am doing all I can to earn the funds to pay restitution.”
The disgraced RHOSLC star then attributed her “longstanding untreated mental issues caused me to create my own fractured reality.”
Neither Jen, her defense, nor her family has given comments regarding her sentence at the time of this posting.
Below is a video of Jen leaving the courthouse following her 78-month prison sentence as her husband Coach Shah can be seen walking in front of her.
Jen Shah leaving court with her husband Coach Shah walking in front. The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star was sentenced to 6.5 years today in federal fraud case. #RealHousewives @TheRealJenShah pic.twitter.com/bVxiWaqXvE
— Cathy Russon (@cathyrusson) January 6, 2023
Despite receiving a 6.5-year prison sentence, most offenders are only required to serve out 85% of their federal prison sentences, so it’s likely Jen will be released after serving 5.5 years.
TMZ is also reporting that Jen is scheduled to begin serving her sentence on February 17, 2023. She will report to a prison somewhere in Texas.