“The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” star Jen Shah can still enjoy their freedom for a while. A federal judge agreed to stay Shah’s sentencing until December at the request of US attorneys. Prosecutors filed the request because of a scheduling conflict, according to court documents obtained by Heavy.
Shah was due to be sentenced on November 28, 2022. She now faces a conviction by US District Judge Sidney Stein in the Southern District new York court on December 15, 2022, court filings show. Shah pleaded guilty to conspiracy to wire fraud in connection with telemarketing in federal court in Manhattan in July. You face a maximum of 30 years in prison and probably a considerable time behind bars, they agreed.
Sentencing recommendations from prosecutors and the Shah’s lawyers are now due by the end of November
Prosecutors requested the stay of the sentence in a letter to the judge dated Oct. 6, 2022, court filings show. They wrote: “The Government respectfully submits this letter to request that the sentencing hearing, currently scheduled for 28 November 2022, be adjourned amid a scheduling conflict by several members of the government team. The Government understands that December 15, 2022 may be an appropriate date for the court and therefore respectfully requests that the sentencing be postponed to that date and that the deadlines for filing sentencing be pushed back accordingly. The defense agrees to this motion.”
The letter did not explain what the scheduling conflict is. Stein granted the motion in a ruling dated Oct. 7, 2022. Stein gave the defense until November 30, 2022 to file their sentencing recommendation, while prosecutors have until December 1, 2022, according to records.
Shah’s surprising guilty plea came just before her trial began. She had previously said on the Bravo Reality TV show that she is innocent and will fight the case in court. Shah was arrested on March 30, 2021 and has been out on bail ever since. A charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering was dropped as part of her guilty plea. Her attorney issued a statement apologizing on Shah’s behalf after she pleaded guilty.
“Jen has pleaded guilty because she wants to pay off her debt to society and put this ordeal behind her and her family. Ms Shah is a good woman who has crossed a line,” attorney Priya Chaudhry said in a July statement. “She takes full responsibility for her actions and offers her deepest apologies to all who have been harmed. Ms Shah is also sorry for disappointing her husband, children, family, friends and supporters.”
Shah could face up to 14 years in prison if convicted
Shah’s plea agreement suggests she is likely to be sentenced to several years in federal prison. But it will be Stein, the judge, who will make the final decision, based on sentencing guidelines, recommendations from prosecutors and the Shah’s attorneys, and a recommendation from the federal parole board.
The plea deal says the guidelines call for a sentence of between 11 and 14 years in prison and millions of dollars in damages. Shah agreed not to appeal a sentence of 14 years or less, while prosecutors will not appeal a sentence of at least 11 years.
After Shah pleaded guilty, Manhattan’s US Attorney Damian Williams became said in a statement, “Jennifer Shah was a key participant in a nationwide program targeting elderly, vulnerable victims. These victims were sold false promises of financial security, but instead Shah and her co-conspirators cheated them of their life savings, leaving them with nothing to show for it. This office is committed to eradicating these systems in whatever form.”
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