“Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” star Jane Shah arrived in a Manhattan court Friday morning to be sentenced by a federal judge for leading a year-long telemarketing scam targeting older Americans.
Federal prosecutors want Judge Sydney Stein to extradite the fallen reality TV star to prison for up to 10 years on the chart, Arguing that it has helped drain the life savings of its victims for nearly a decade.
“At the defendant’s direction, the victims were defrauded again and again until they were left with nothing,” prosecutors wrote in the sentencing memorandum.
“[Shah] And her co-conspirators continued their behavior until the victims’ bank accounts were empty, their credit cards were at their limits, and there was nothing left to take,” they wrote.
Shah, 49, pleaded guilty in July to conspiracy to commit internet fraud to provide “evidence” about who was targeting a crew of telemarketers who duped victims into investing in shady online ventures.
The scammers offered their fake brands at the beginning of 2012 – then put money in their pockets and offered victims “products” and “services” that had little or no value.
at the hearing, Tell Shah Stein She knew that the services rendered were basically worthless.
“From 2012 to March 2021 in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, I agreed with others to commit online fraud,” Shah said.
“It did this by deliberately providing customers’ names to people marketing business services that had little or no value,” she added.
Shah’s defense attorneys argued in their sentencing submission that she should serve three years in prison, arguing that while she played an important role in the fraud, she was not a leader in the operation.
They added “There is no reason nor evidence to place Mrs. Shah on the ‘Godfather’ or ‘Kingpin’ level of this fraud.”
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