Jen Shah has been laying low since her arrest in March for allegedly committing fraud and money laundering. But when she does crop up or post something to social media, Jen is clearly maintaining the facade. She looks fabulous and is acting like the Jen we’ve seen on the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City. Like nothing ever happened. Side note, Jen still claims innocence.
But living a Shah-tastic lifestyle costs something. And now that Jen’s “telemarketing” business is non-operational, the RHOSLC star needs to find another way to pay the bills. Getting husband Coach Sharrieff Shah to do her hair only helps so much, though he does do a fantastic job as per a video Jen posted to her Instagram Stories recently. But regardless of who is doing the glamming, fans are questioning Jen’s antics and presentation on social media.
The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City is gearing up for the most epic second season ever, thanks to the mess that is Jen Shah. She’s taking cues from Teresa Giudice in more ways than one, including facing federal fraud and money laundering charges. The allegations are that Jen and her assistant Stuart Smith were part of a telemarketing scheme that targets the elderly, and could face up to 30 years in prison. This is after she spent all of Season One showing off her outrageous wealth and spending. 30 years is a long time without glam. Or spa treatments. Or Coach Shah pep talks.
But in true Jen fashion, she is avoiding responsibility by pleading not guilty and defending her innocence in tone-deaf Instagram posts. Bravo promises to show fans as much as they legally can about the drama. The cameras were there the day Jen went to the courthouse donning a furry jacket and leopard heel boots in true Disney villain fashion. And while Andy Cohen is “praying” the allegations aren’t true, other housewives are throwing in their two cents, saying Jen is pretty dumb for signing up for a reality show if she had all of this going on. That really hasn’t worked out well for anyone — just look at what’s happening with Erika Jayne.
Jen Shah showed her true colors throughout the first season of the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City. We know she’s prone to temper tantrums, insulting her so-called friends and refusing to take responsibility for her actions.
Fans have been undoubtedly excited for the upcoming Season 2 of RHOSLC after an explosive debut. However, the anticipation reached an entirely new level when Jen was arrested for her alleged involvement in a long-running telemarketing scheme. She and her No. 1 assistant Stuart Smith are facing federal money laundering and fraud charges, which hold a maximum 30-year sentence in prison. Jen’s managed to have all of the marital problems, legal issues and explosive outbursts that it’s taken Teresa Giudice 11 seasons to master.
Real Housewives of Salt Lake City is filming their second season and I’ll go ahead and say it will be amazing. We’ll have crime. We’ll have scandal. We’ll have Mary Cosby quietly chuckling to herself beneath the depths of
fake Yves Saint Laurent voile blouses in her closet. Going into the first season, Jen Shah seemed to get the most attention. She was kind of… insane at times. It was almost as if Jen took a crash course in how to bring the most drama and passed with a 4.0 GPA.
But Jen went the extra mile. Not only did she get her fair share of media attention, she managed to score a quintessential accessory only a few Housewives have – a mug shot. On the bright side, Jen was in full glam when she was arrested, so it will be more like a smug shot. Per the usual Housewife rhetoric, Jen isn’t exactly humble about her affluent lifestyle. Her RHOSLC audition video has resurfaced and now we get our first taste of how Jen spent other people’s money. Allegedly.
Jen Shah has been a total anomaly since her first scene on the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City. Her husband, Coach Shah, was MIA all the time, and she seemed to fill the void with several assistants called the “Shah Squad.” She bragged about her fancy house, wore full glam every day and was never filmed working and making money, just spending it. Jen’s first season was filled with blowups. She accused Mary Cosby of “effing her grandpa” because she told Jen she smelled like hospital. She blew up on anyone and everyone.
And on Tuesday, the story took an even crazier turn when Jen and her assistant Stuart Smith were accused of being involved in a long-running telemarketing scheme. The two are facing federal charges for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering after conning “hundreds” of victims in a decade-long scam, according to the NYPD. Hey, at least now we have a concrete answer as to how she got so rich.
Alright, buckle your seatbelts Real Housewives of Salt Lake City fans, do we have some news for you. Jen Shah has been polarizing since she first appeared on our TVs. In Season 1, we saw her throw glasses, scream at everyone and take no accountability for her actions. While she called herself the Queen B of SLC, she was looking more like the Queen Brat. Even Heather Gay says her old friend wasn’t being extra on camera — she just really acts like that.
The situation only got worse when audio leaked of Jen berating her employees. Again, she took no accountability, sent a cease and desist to fan accounts reposting the audio and has continued to post on Instagram to promote herself and her businesses like nothing happened. She also has been shading her co-stars behind their back, but what else would you expect after her performance at the reunion?
Jen Shah. Where to begin? The evolution of this Housewife has been…a lot. Personally, I thought her antics were completely put on for the camera. At least viewers were safe on the other side of the screen, making her brand of mayhem a little more enjoyable. Many fans had it with her towards the end of the season, however, when Whitney Rose drunkenly gave Jen some bummer news at Sharrieff Shah’s birthday party. That’s when the tables pretty much turned for any Jen stans left. Jen ended up smashing a glass and creating a scene. After that, she blamed Whitney for her own dysregulation and resulting marital issues.
Then there was the scene where Jen is confronted in a mountain-side tub by Heather Gay and ends of splashing literal bathwater all over the camera-person. When asked why she yelled “that’s what happens when you f***ing film me in the f***ing bathtub!” That really happened. And it was actually her real behavior.