‘Real Housewives’ star asks for minimum-security prison stay

‘Real Housewives of Salt Lake City’ star Jen Shah has applied to be placed in FPC Bryan, a minimum-security federal prison camp in Bryan, Texas, to serve her 6½-year sentence for wire fraud .

Shah, 49, is represented by attorney Priya Chaudhry of Chaudhry Law PLLC who filed a request to ask a judge to “recommend that Ms. Shah be incarcerated at the FPC Bryan facility in Bryan, Texas,” according to the people magazine.

The prison houses female offenders and currently holds 544 inmates, according to its website. It is also where Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes was sentenced to serve her 11-year prison sentence which begins in April, according to People magazine.

Shah and his assistant Stuart Smith created and sold prospect lists, names and contacts of potential clients for members of their scam scheme, Audrey Strauss, the former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, previously stated in a press release.

At least 10 victims are known, and they are all believed to be over the age of 55, according to the press release.

Shah was convicted on Friday of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with telemarketing, according to NPR.

“With today’s sentencing, Jennifer Shah finally faces the consequences of the many years she spent targeting vulnerable and elderly victims,” ​​said Damian Williams, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, in a press release. “These individuals were lured by false promises of financial security, but in reality Shah and his co-conspirators cheated them out of their savings and gave them nothing to prove.”

After previously pleading not guilty, Shah changed his guilty plea on July 11, 2022.

According to the press release, both Shah and Smith were charged on March 30, 2021 with conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with telemarketing and conspiracy to launder money.

The two had been involved in the scheme since 2012, federal prosecutors said.

The conspiracy to commit wire fraud charge carries a maximum sentence of 30 years and the money laundering charge would have carried an additional 20 years, according to the press release.

Shah initially pleaded not guilty to both counts at a court hearing on April 2, 2021.

But as part of a plea deal, when she pleaded guilty to the fraud charges, the second money laundering charge was dropped, according to People magazine.

She then faces 14 years in prison if found guilty.

Shah is due to report to the Federal Bureau of Prisons on February 17 to begin his sentence, according to People magazine.

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