Tamra Judge isn't mincing words while speaking about embattled "The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City" star Jen Shah.
Tamra, who previously starred on "The Real Housewives of Orange County" for 12 seasons, questioned Jen's wisdom while appearing on the "Realitea with Derek Z" podcast.
"If you are doing illegal stuff, you're an idiot, and if you're doing illegal stuff and you go on a reality show, you're a special type of idiot," Tamra said, referring to Jen's recent arrest. "Why go on reality TV if you're doing criminal acts? You're just asking for it."
On March 30, Jen was arrested by federal agents for her alleged involvement in a telemarketing scheme. Authorities claim that Jen and her assistant, Stuart Smith, ripped off hundreds of victims across the country, mainly elderly people, by encouraging them to invest in shady online projects and selling them nonexistent business services for years. They are alleged to have complied lists of "leads," who were people previously exploited, as they were believed to be easier targets. They would then allegedly sell the list and take a cut of the profits. The practice, authorities say, was going on for nine years.
Jen, who was filming "Housewives" just before the arrest, was arraigned in federal court in Salt Lake City on April 2. She's pleaded not guilty.
The Homeland Security Investigations Agency said in a statement that the Jen and Stuart "built their opulent lifestyle at the expense of vulnerable, often elderly, working-class people."
While Tamra clearly has her own opinions about Jen, she was also quick to note, "[I'd] like to say she's innocent until proven guilty."