The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star Jen Shah just got a little more time before learning her fate after pleading guilty to knowingly defrauding victims in a telemarketing scheme that she partook in for years with her assistant, Stuart Smith.
In a new turn of events, Jen’s sentencing hearing has been postponed and moved from November 18, 2022, to December 15, 2022. According to court documents obtained by Page Six, United States attorney Damian Williams filed a letter requesting the change in date, citing a “scheduling conflict on the part of several members of the Government team.” Judge Sidney H. Stein approved the request on Thursday, October 6.
Jen originally denied all charges against her, but she shockingly changed her plea to guilty during a surprise court hearing in July. During the hearing, Jen openly admitted that she knew many of her victims were elderly, and she apologized.
“We used interstate phone calls and emails. I knew many of the purchasers were over the age of 55. I am so sorry,” Jen confessed.
Jen’s attorney, Priya Chaudhry, also released a statement to PEOPLE, saying, “Ms. Shah is a good woman who crossed a line. She accepts full responsibility for her actions and deeply apologizes to all who have been harmed.” She added that Jen is ready to “pay her debt to society” and “put this whole ordeal behind her and her family.”
In return for pleading guilty, the U.S. attorney agreed to drop the charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering charges against the RHOSLC star.
Jen faces up to 30 years in prison for her crimes. However, while in court, Jen told Judge Stein that she would not appeal her sentencing verdict if she received “168 months in prison or fewer”(summed up, that’s 14 years). She also agreed to “forfeit $6 million and restitution of $9 million” and admit that she knew her actions were “illegal.”
Jen’s legal woes are playing out on the current season of The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, which airs Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. EST on Bravo.