Why ‘Real Housewives of Salt Lake City’ star Jen Shah wants her case dismissed
Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star Jen Shah has asked a judge to dismiss her telemarketing fraud case, NBC News reports.
What was Shah arrested for?
Back in March 2021, Shah and Stuart Smith of Lehi were arrested “on charges of conspiracy to commit telemarketing wire transfer fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering,” according to Deseret News.
What did Jen Shah ask the judge?
Shah’s legal team argued in court documents that the charges and charges against her were “not at all clear,” reports NBC News.
Shah’s camp argues that the prosecutors used “vague language and sleight of hand” in their indictment.
- “This information cannot be adequately verified for a lifetime and, as we argue below, requires the government to substantiate the charges in a way that does not replace the relatively bare indictment,” Shah’s lawyers wrote, according to NBC News.
- “The indictment nowhere as necessary claims facts sufficient to establish that Ms. Shah joined this alleged conspiracy on purpose and with specific intent to defraud telemarketing buyers,” they wrote, according to NBC News. “Therefore, this indictment should be dismissed because the alleged facts, even if assumed to be true, are not sufficient to support the crimes charged.”
According to USA Today, Shah’s team argued that authorities allegedly forced her to waive her Miranda rights even when she was arrested.
- According to Findlaw.com: “To expressly waive Miranda’s rights, the suspect would state (or sign) that he waived the right to remain silent or the right to have a lawyer present.”
However, her lawyers said that Shah did this “not voluntarily, but as a direct result of deception and tricks by law enforcement agencies designed to overwhelm their will”.
What’s next for Jen Shah?
How it will continue in the case is unclear. The New York Police Department and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York did not respond to comments on the matter, according to USA Today. So it is unclear what the judge will do.