Judge sets October trial for ‘Real Housewives of Salt Lake City’ star
A federal judge in Manhattan has apparently refused to close the criminal case against “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” star Jennifer Shah.
Court records show Judge Sidney Stein kept her on a hearing on October 18 after a hearing on Friday in the US District Court in New York. The hearing was to consider Shah’s motion to dismiss her indictment, as well as motions by one of her co-defendants.
Shah is one of more than a dozen people accused in a telemarketing scam program in which federal prosecutors have accused older and vulnerable people of investing. She and her assistant Stuart Smith were arrested by federal authorities in March while filming the second season of the show Real Housewives of Salt Lake City.
A new judicial record reveals that federal prosecutors listed Shah and Smith among the guilty defendants in the suspected multi-million dollar telemarketing fraud program. The document would be used in sentencing when defendants are convicted.
“Level A includes those Defendants responsible for orchestrating the broader program (the ‘Telemarketing Program’ or ‘Scheme’) in the western United States and delivering the leads that run the retail space (the ‘Telemarketing Companies’) in New York and New York maintained Jersey area. Jennifer Shah and Stuart Smith in particular have received leads directly from lead sources and have delivered them to coaching sales areas operated in Utah and Nevada by Kevin Handren and Cameron Brewster, “the federal attorneys wrote, naming the co-defendants.” Carl Morris generated leads from its Arizona retail space, and Ryan Hult acted as a key broker of Arizona and Utah leads to New York and New Jersey retail spaces. Shah and Smith also owned and operated a Manhattan store selling BizOp products Victims who had previously bought coaching from Handren and Brewster. “
Shah has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Some of the defendants in the same case as Shah have made pleadings with federal prosecutors.
In a lawsuit filed in June, Shah moved to dismiss the charges against her, arguing that there was a lack of concrete evidence to support what she was charged with, but focused on blanket allegations.