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Jen Shah Defends Posting On Instagram After Arrest, Says She’s Combatting “Negativity Spewed” About Fraud Allegations

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. 

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The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City fandom has been in a frenzy since news broke last week that Jen Shah is facing federal fraud and money laundering charges. Apparently she and her assistant Stuart Smith were involved in a decade-long telemarketing scheme that preyed on elderly people. Jen is proclaiming she’s innocent — both by pleading not guilty and making tone-deaf Instagram stories about #FreeJen. And accusing her fellow castmembers of racism in a feeble attempt to get the spotlight off her for 5 seconds. 

While Bravo fans have been feverishly tuning into every turn, even overloading Jen’s virtual hearing last week, the network has remained quiet. There are rumors that she was tipped off about the arrest while filming with the cast (and apparently tried to run away). And word on the street (not from Gizelle Bryant) is that Bravo cameras were at the courthouse filming her leaving in a fur coat and leopard boots.

Real Housewives of Salt Lake City Jen Shah

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 Real Housewives Of Salt Lake City

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. 

Real Housewives Of Salt Lake City Jen Shah

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 Real Housewives Of Salt Lake City

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.

Real Housewives Of Salt Lake City Jen Shah

We’ve arrived at the final hour of The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, Season 1. The third and final act of a historic three-part reunion. And you guys. I’m not ready for it to be over! Like really, really not. It’s been inarguably the best debut season of a new Housewives franchise since Beverly Hills back in 2010. And I’m saying that as a huge fan and ardent defender of the Potomac’s first season. (My original Bravo claim to fame was being behind one of the very first viewer-submitted reunion questions in RHOP history.)

But these SLC ladies delivered in every single way imaginable. They brought something new and completely different to the table, and added a fresh and unique POV to the Housewives universe. RHOSLC reinvigorated the franchise as a whole while some long-running tentpole cities are starting to feel stale and, ahem, long in the tooth. And that’s not just my bias talking as a born-and-bred former Mormon/Utah native. So indulge me while I savor this last recap before closing the door on Season 1 in Salt Lake City. K?

Whitney Rose

Real Housewives of Salt Lake City’s first season has drawn to a close, and I loved it. The franchise is filled with big personalities, and tons of drama. Whitney Rose is one of RHOSLC’s break-out stars. Whitney renewed her vows to her husband, Justin Rose, to celebrate 10 years of wedded bliss.

Their history is a bit scandalous. Whitney and Justin had an affair when they were both married to other people. They got divorced so that they could be together. As a result, they left the Mormon Church.