Jen Shah Case Update: Co-Defendant Gets 4 Years in Prison

A co-defendant of “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” star Jen Shah has been sentenced to 4 years in federal jail. Chad Allen, like Shah, pleaded responsible in a telemarketing fraud scheme earlier this 12 months. He was sentenced on September 15, 2022, in a preview of Shah’s personal sentencing listening to, which is scheduled for November 28.

Allen pleaded responsible to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Prosecutors had requested for 5 years in jail, whereas Allen’s attorneys requested a sentence of a 12 months and a day, court docket paperwork obtained by Heavy show. Allen will even must pay just below $2 million in restitution to the victims, court docket information show.

“The defendant was a key participant in a widespread and complicated scheme through which victims everywhere in the nation have been satisfied to speculate their complete life financial savings, drain their retirement funds, and incur tens of hundreds of {dollars} in bank card debt primarily based on the defendants’ false guarantees that the victims would earn cash via an ‘on-line enterprise’ created and managed by the defendant’s co-conspirators,” federal prosecutors stated in a court docket submitting. “In reality, there have been no such companies and the victims by no means
earned the cash they have been promised.”

Allen, a 44-year-old Arizona resident, has been free on bail and can report back to jail in November, in accordance with court docket information. His attorneys wrote in a sentencing assertion, “Mr. Allen has a terrific alternative to redeem himself within the eyes of the regulation and his household. This expertise of being arrested and being prosecuted federally has been a traumatic expertise for him and his household.”

They added, “Based on his submit arrest conduct and dedication to dwell as a law-abiding citizen and productive member of his neighborhood, a sentence that doesn’t exceed a 12 months and a day of imprisonment would adequately deter him from additional legal conduct.”

Allen is the most recent of Shah’s co-defendants to be sentenced to federal jail. Arash Ketabchi obtained seven years, Christopher Wilson and Carl Morris have been each sentenced to 6 and a half years and Ryan Hult obtained 5 years. Others await sentencing, together with Shah’s former assistant, Stuart Smith. His sentencing was delayed as a result of he was set to testify in her trial and no date has been set.

The podcast The Bravo Docket, which explores authorized drama surrounding Bravo actuality stars, identified in August that Allen is assessed by prosecutors as a “Tier 1” defendant, a gaggle that has lesser culpability than these in “Tier A,” a gaggle that features Shah. There are different tiers of defendants charged within the fraud scheme under Allen.

Prosecutors wrote in a court docket submitting, “Tier A contains these defendants chargeable for orchestrating the broader scheme within the Western United States and supplying the leads that sustained the gross sales flooring within the New York and New Jersey space. In specific, Jennifer Shah and Stuart Smith obtained leads instantly from lead sources and supplied them to, amongst others, teaching gross sales flooring operated in Utah and Nevada.”

In the prosecutor’s sentencing assertion for Allen, they famous one thing that might catch the attention of Shah’s attorneys. They stated the probation division beneficial a jail time period of 36 months as a result of all of his co-defendants sentenced thus far have obtained a sentence under the rules.

Shah Has Agreed to Not Appeal Any Sentence of 14 Years in Prison or Less, According to Her Plea Agreement

After initially saying she was harmless and would struggle the costs in court docket, Jen Shah pleaded responsible simply earlier than her federal trial was set to start. Her plea settlement signifies she is more likely to spend a big time behind bars. She agreed to not attraction any sentence of lower than 14 years in jail, whereas prosecutors stated they won’t contest a sentence of lower than 11 years.

The federal sentencing pointers for Shah fall into that 11 to 14 12 months vary, court docket paperwork show. But a choose would be the one to in the end resolve her sentence, primarily based on the rules, a suggestion from the federal probation workplace and proposals from each Shah’s attorneys and prosecutors. Those suggestions haven’t but been filed. The most sentence on the cost of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection to telemarketing is 30 years.

“Jen pled responsible as a result of she needs to pay her debt to society and put this ordeal behind her and her household. Ms. Shah is an efficient girl who crossed a line,” her lawyer, Priya Chaudhry stated in a press release. “She accepts full duty for her actions and deeply apologizes to all who’ve been harmed. Ms. Shah can be sorry for disappointing her husband, kids, household, buddies and supporters.”

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Damian Williams stated in a press release after Shah’s responsible plea, “Jennifer Shah was a key participant in a nationwide scheme that focused aged, susceptible victims. These victims have been offered false guarantees of economic safety however as a substitute Shah and her co-conspirators defrauded them out of their financial savings and left them with nothing to show for it. This Office is dedicated to rooting out these schemes no matter kind they take.”

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