New York (AP) —Two members of the “Salt Lake City Real Housewife” reality television show Tuesday on federal fraud allegations claiming that telemarketing plans have tricked hundreds of people across the country over a decade Was arrested.
Officials have announced that Jennifer Shah, 47, of Park City, Utah, and Steuart Smith, 43, of Lehi, Utah, have been arrested on charges of including a conspiracy opened in New York City.
Manhattan’s federal prosecutor Audrey Strauss pointed out in a release that Shah portrayed himself as a wealthy and successful businessman on television while Smith was cast as her first assistant. Shah is on the main cast of the Bravo program, which completed its first season in February.
Prosecutors said they had created and sold an innocent personal “lead list” for other members of their plan to repeatedly commit fraud. In fact, and as alleged, the so-called business opportunities imposed on victims by Shah, Smith, and their conspirators are mere fraudulently motivated to steal victims’ money. It was a good plan. “
Authorities said the fraudulent program had stripped hundreds of victims nationwide for a decade.
When he first appeared in federal court in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, it was unclear who would represent Shah and Smith.