Hollywood Shutters as Two of Their Own are Caught in Criminal Fraud Activities

“Two members of “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” reality television show appeared in court for the first time Tuesday after being arrested on federal fraud charges alleging they cheated hundreds of people nationwide over a 10-year period in a telemarketing scheme.

Real Housewives star arrested for fraud

Jennifer Shah, 47, of Park City, Utah, and Stuart Smith, 43, of Lehi, Utah, were arrested in Utah on charges including conspiracy that were unsealed in New York City, authorities announced.

Prosecutors set several conditions for Shah and Smith to be released that bar them from contacting each other, traveling outside of Utah — unless it’s to New York for a court appearance — or engaging in telemarketing. The prosecution also asked that Shah and Smith not spend more than $10,000 from personal or company accounts, except to pay for legal fees.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss noted in a release that Shah portrays herself as a wealthy and successful businessperson on television, while Smith was cast as her first assistant. Shah is in the main cast of the Bravo program, which completed its first season in February.

Shah was often at the center of the show’s most dramatic moments and threw a glass during an argument with one of her fellow cast members. She is also the wife of University of Utah assistant football coach Sharrieff Shah. Authorities said the fraud scheme ripped off hundreds of victims nationwide for a decade.”

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