Andy Cohen has expressed his grief and disbelief over Jen Shah’s arrest.
The Reality Keeper and “Radio Andy” host returned to his SiriusXM show on Monday – the first time Cohen had returned to the air following news of the “Real Housewives of” star’s arrest. Salt Lake City “on March 31 for conspiracy to commit cable fraud in connection with an alleged telemarketing scam and conspiracy to commit money laundering, and although Cohen did not willfully jump on the subject , it was a caller who prompted him to break his silence.
“Oy vey,” Cohen, 52, expired before exposing his disappointment.
“I’m waiting to see how it goes,” said the host of “Watch What Happens Live”. “I have nothing to add to what we already know except that I hope and pray that none of this is true.”
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Shah, 47, and his first aide, Stuart Smith, 43, each pleaded not guilty in a federal courthouse on Friday to one count of conspiracy to commit telemarketing-related wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.
During the arraignment much of the conversation revolved around the amount of the Shah’s bond and the presiding judge accepted the government’s request to set a strict $ 1 million bond guaranteed by cash or property – a demand deemed excessive by the Shah’s lawyers.
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Prosecutors also suggested that Shah was hiding assets and that she and Smith controlled a Shell company with at least $ 5 million of the fraud.
“It has not demonstrated its willingness to disclose its assets,” said US Deputy Prosecutor Kiersten Fletcher.
In a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York this week, Shah and Smith are accused of assaulting 10 or more people over the age of 55 from a telemarketing system – a punishment for the chief of conspiracy to commit electronic fraud. in connection with telemarketing is punishable by a maximum penalty of 30 years. Shah’s second count of conspiring to commit money laundering carries a maximum sentence of 20 years.
“Jennifer Shah, who portrays herself as a wealthy and successful businesswoman on” reality “television, and Stuart Smith, who is portrayed as the Shah’s” first assistant “, are said to have generated and sold” lead lists “of “individuals innocent of other members of their plan. to scams repeatedly,” said Manhattan lawyer Audrey Strauss in a statement released last week.
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Shah is part of the main cast of Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City,” which ended its first season in February.
According to his Bravo biography, Shah “is the queen of his house and his businesses as the CEO of three marketing companies.”
At the “Housewives” meeting, the Bravo bigwig asked Shah about his business.
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“I have had direct marketing experience for about 20 years, so our company advertises,” she said at the time. “We have a platform that helps people acquire customers, so when you shop online or on the Internet, and something pops up, we have the algorithm that explains why you get this ad.”
Shah argued that his businesses need a lot of moving parts to keep running and added of his multiple assistants: “I need a lot of help, you know? They all do different things,” Shah explained.
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“I run a lot of different companies and businesses, and a lot of them have different roles in companies.”
Reality TV star Bravo faces up to 50 years in prison if convicted on all counts.
Marta Dhanis, Melissa Roberto and The Associated Press of Fox News contributed to this report.
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