Problems in Utah. Jen Shah |‘s assistant Stuart Smith changed his confession to guilty in the couple’s ongoing lawsuit over their alleged involvement in a telemarketing scheme, Us Weekly can confirm.
“He pleaded guilty to three counts: conspiracy to commit fraud, money laundering and obstruction of justice,” lawyer Ronald Richards, told a former legal analyst from NBC, who is not associated with the case U.S by Smith, 43, Friday, November 19th.
Smith, who risks a maximum prison sentence of 30 years, will be sentenced in March 2022. “He admitted to having concealed ownership and money, deceived elderly people and lied to the Federal Trade Commission in a clarification that constituted perjury,” Richards added.
That Real housewives in Salt Lake City Star, 48, and her Shah Squad member were arrested in March and charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with telemarketing and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
“Jennifer Shah, who portrays herself as a wealthy and successful businessman on ‘reality’ television, and Stuart Smith, who is portrayed as Shah’s ‘first assistant’, have reportedly generated and sold ‘lead lists’ of innocent people to others. members of their scheme. to repeated fraud, “said Manhattan’s U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss in a press release at the time.” to steal the victims’ money. “
Days after the arrest, both Smith and Shah pleaded not guilty to the charges. In August, however, court documents indicated that Smith was planning to change his plea.
“Mr. Smith is working diligently to find a solution to his case,” his lawyer wrote in a letter to the U.S. District Judge at the time. hereby requests that we be excused from 10 August 2021. “
Richards at the time speculated that the filing was a sign that Smith “most likely would turn” on his former boss. Shah’s trial was originally scheduled to begin in October 2021, but was pushed back to March 2022, apparently due to delays related to coronavirus protocols.
Earlier this year, the Bravo personality asked a judge to throw the whole case against her, claiming that her dry contact lenses made her relinquish her Miranda rights without understanding what she was doing. That request was denied.
Shah’s arrest was sent during an episode in November of RHOSLC. She and her teammates were preparing to leave for Vail, Colorado, when she received a phone call prompting her to turn off her microphone. The Utah native then left the group and told the other housewives that her husband, Sharrieff Shah Jr., was in the hospital with internal bleeding.
After the episode, Jen slapped her co-stars via social media for what they said about her during the show. “You can see who these ladies really are,” she wrote in a message sent to her Instagram stories on Monday, November 15th. “They have no compassion for me and my family. It takes an evil person to rejoice in what we are going through. I am [100 percent] innocent, and I hope the ladies each learn a valuable lesson from this and stop judging others. “
With reporting by Diana Cooper
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