RHOSLC’s Heather Gay says Jen Shah ‘can redeem herself’ even if she’s ‘convicted’ for her involvement in telemarketing scheme
Real Housewife of Salt Lake City star Heather Gay has broken her silence on former friend and castmate Jen Shah’s tumultuous legal situation.
The reality star optimistically said that she thinks Shah ‘can redeem herself,’ despite her indictment and arrest for her active involvement in a long-running telemarketing scheme.
Heather opened up about the situation on the So Bad It’s Good With Ryan Bailey podcast, saying that she thinks Jen can ‘make things right,’ even if she’s ‘convicted.’
Speaking out: RHOSLC’ Heather Gay says she thinks castmate Jen Shah ‘can redeem herself’ even if she’s ‘convicted’ for allegedly spearheading a long-running telemarketing scheme
Legal drama: Shah and her longtime assistant Stuart Smith were arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering
Despite the seeming demise of their friendship as played out on the hit Bravo show, Gay said that Jen shouldn’t be crucified amid the ongoing legal drama.
‘I think that good people can do bad things, and she is claiming she is innocent. Even if she gets … wrongfully convicted, she can make things right.’
She continued: ‘She can redeem herself,’ later adding that Jen deserves a second chance. ‘I guess I am passionate about second chances because … when I got divorced, I didn’t have a second chance. And that sucks, you know?’
On March 30, Shah and one of her many assistants, Stuart Smith, were arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering. Jen plead ‘not guilty’ to the charges and a trial is currently set for October 18.
March arrest: Jen was arrested after abruptly exiting the set of the Bravo show which was filming its second season, and a trial is currently set for October 18
Breaking her silence: Jen issued an Instagram statement where she thanked those who had shown her ‘loyalty’ and used the hashtag: ‘Justice for Jen Shah’
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said in a press release that the pair: ‘allegedly generated and sold ‘lead lists’ of innocent individuals for other members of their scheme to repeatedly scam.’
The duo and their co-conspirators targeted people mostly over the age of 55 and sold them fictitious business opportunities to steal their money, with schemes dating back as far as 2012.
If convicted she and Smith could face a maximum maximum sentence of 30 years for the wire fraud charges, and an additional 20 years for the money laundering charges.
Gay continued to say in the interview: ‘This is the biggest, hugest thing that has happened to our community, and to our group of friends and to Jen personally and to me personally. I mean, this is big and it’s real.’
Scamming: The duo and their co-conspirators targeted people mostly over the age of 55 and sold them fictitious business opportunities to steal their money with operations dating back to 2012
Shocking: Gay continued to say in the interview that the scandal was the ‘biggest, hugest thing that has happened to our community, and to our group of friends’
Jen’s exhorbitant seeming-wealth drew questions from fans of the show after she was constantly surrounded by a team of assistants and claimed to run multiple businesses, but was never seen doing any work.
She tried to give clarity on her livelihood to Access Hollywood in November 2020.’I own three different marketing companies and we do lead generation, data monetization, customer acquisition,’ she said.
Shah virtually said that her businesses served targeted ads to consumers and that any time people were clicking through the internet she made money by way of data gathering.
The bubble burst in late March when Jen was arrested in Utah as filming for the second season of the hit Bravo show was taking place. It has been said that her future on the show is currently uncertain but that producers want to use as much of the footage as legally allowed.
Season two? The housewife’s future on the show is currently uncertain but as cameras were rolling at the time of her arrest, the producers want to use as much footage as legally allowed