Jen Shah wire fraud case: the Real Housewife surprisingly pleads guilty

Here are the answers to all Bravo fans' burning questions

Jen Shah of The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City
(Image credit: Heidi Gutman/Bravo)

Major update on the Jen Shah wire fraud case.

The Real Housewife has maintained her innocence throughout the past year, but she ultimately pleaded guilty of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in federal court on Monday, July 11 in New York City. 

The Jen Shah court case has left Bravoholics reeling, even though fans of the network are no strangers to drama. Now they're wondering what's next for the Salt Lake City reality star. 

Jen Shah wire fraud case

In the midst of filming with Bravo, Shah was indicted for her alleged participation in a telemarketing scheme with the help of her assistant, Stuart Smith. Smith, who faces up to 70 years in prison, also changed his plea from not guilty to guilty in a November 2021 hearing. He was sentenced in March 2022, though an update is not available at this time. 

In the July 11 hearing, Shah took responsibility for her actions and said she "knew it was wrong, many people were harmed and I’m so sorry," per NBC News (opens in new tab).

She further admitted to Judge Sidney H. Stein that she had committed "wire fraud, offering services with little to no value," according to People (opens in new tab). When the judge asked if she knew she was participating in illegal activity, she replied, "Yes, your Honor."

Jen Shah sentence

Shah could possibly face up to 14 years in prison. She is scheduled to be sentenced on November 28 of this year. According to NBC, she agreed to forfeit $6.5 million and to pay restitution up to $9.5 million. 

Our go-to shows about gossip and drama, the Housewives franchise certainly keeps viewers intrigued, but this particular development isn't one fans could have predicted. The Salt Lake City women are currently filming, per Newsweek, so it'll be interesting to see how it all unfolds in the new season.

In the meantime, if you're looking for drama on a smaller scale, how about The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip season 2?

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