Jen Shah is admitting her wrongdoing. According to a report, the "The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City" star has changed her plea to guilty in her telemarketing fraud case.
She faces up to 30 years in prison.
"Jen Shah sworn in to plead guilty on the first count of her criminal indictment in connection with telemarketing fraud scheme that prosecutors said preyed on the elderly," Courthouse News reporter Josh Russell tweeted during the unscheduled hearing on Monday, July 11.
Page Six said the reality TV star pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. In exchange for the plea, the U.S. District Dttorney dropped a conspiracy to commit money laundering charge.
The plea comes one week before her trial was set to begin.
Jen was arrested on March 30, 2021 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.
Homeland Security Investigations Agency said in a statement after the arrest that Jen and Stuart "built their opulent lifestyle at the expense of vulnerable, often elderly, working-class people."
Jen got a phone call about the impending arrest while "Housewives" cameras rolled.