Late last week, Jen Shah entered a plea in court.
The disgraced Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star told a judge that she is NOT guilty of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with telemarketing and/or conspiracy to commit money laundering.
A couple days earlier, Shah had been charged with both these crimes in connection with a telemarketing scheme.
Did she do it, or is it all a misunderstanding?
The courts will ultimately decide that, but now, Shah is speaking to the public for the first time since her arrest.
And while we can't venture a guess as to her guilt, she isn't sounding reflective or sorrowful, that's for certain.
The 47-year-old Bravo personality wrote on Saturday, April 3, via Instagram.
“Thank you for being loyal, believing in me and not believing the hype."
“This journey has showed me who my true friends are. All my love."
As you can see above, Shah wrote this message alongside a “Free Jen” sweatshirt created by Christian Gray Snow.
She later reposted numerous supportive messages from fans, adding: “I love you. Thank you to my real ones."
The real ones may really believe in her innocence, but regardless, Shah remains in real trouble with the law.
She and her assistant face up to 30 years in jail for allegedly lying to countless victims over the phone about various opportunities.
According to law enforcement, this meant collecting their information and selling a list of their names on the black market.
In a press release announcing their arrest earlier this week, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss trashed the reality star.
"Jennifer Shah, who portrays herself as a wealthy and successful businessperson on 'reality' television... allegedly generated and sold 'lead lists' of innocent individuals for other members of their scheme to repeatedly scam," she said.
In actuality, this attorney continued?
"The so-called business opportunities pushed on the victims by Shah, Smith, and their co-conspirators were just fraudulent schemes, motivated by greed, to steal victims' money."
"Now, these defendants face time in prison for their alleged crimes."
This seemingly heinous scheme began in 2012 and continued all the way through this March, meaning Shah was allegedly defrauding these individuals while filming The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City Season 1.
Crazy, if true, right? And yet Bravo still has not fired Shah, who was actually in the middle of shooting Season 2 when the arrest took place.
During a virtual hearing on April 2, Shah pleaded not guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with telemarketing and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Her assistant also pleaded not guilty.
Prosecutors allege Shah and Smith's scheme was a "coordinated effort to traffic in lists of potential victims," referred to as "leads."
From there, the duo reportedly sold those leads to telemarketing companies that would attempt to sell business services to the targeted individuals.
The pair "received as profit a share of the fraudulent revenue per the terms of their agreement with those participants," according to the indictment.
A trial date was scheduled for October, and until then, you can expect this to dominate talk amongst the cast.
“I AM SHOOKETH,” co-star Heather Gay wrote on social media in response to the arrest and controversy.
Homeland Security Investigations special Agent-in-Charge Peter C. Fitzhugh, meanwhile, also piled on Shah via press release.
Consider what he wrote below...
Shah and Smith flaunted their lavish lifestyle to the public as a symbol of their 'success.'
In reality, they allegedly built their opulent lifestyle at the expense of vulnerable, often elderly, working-class people.
As alleged, disturbingly, Shah and Smith objectified their very real human victims as 'leads' to be bought and sold, offering their personal information for sale to other members of their fraud ring.
As a result, their new reality may very well turn out differently than what they expected when all this began.
They are innocent until proven guilty, of course - but it doesn't sound good for the Shahs of Salt Lake.