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“Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” star Jen Shah — who allegedly ripped off hundreds of victims in a telemarketing scam — bragged in her audition tape for the reality show that she was able to afford a monthly $50,000 lifestyle, despite having an unclear source of income.
“We live in a gated community…I probably spend at least 50 grand a month,” Shah said in the tape, which has resurfaced in a new Hulu documentary chronicling her reality star-turn and her criminal case.
“There are like 20 pieces of luggage when we travel and like maybe 17 of them are mine,” the reality star added, while a photo of her husband and son boarding a private jet flashed on the screen.
The hefty amount – which totals $600,000 a year – didn’t seem to add up for many of the experts interviewed for the documentary, “The Housewife & the Shah Shocker,” which debuted Monday.
Shah has said she worked in internet marketing. Her husband Sharrieff, meanwhile, worked as an assistant coach for the University of Utah’s football team at the time of the tape.
“As an assistant coach, he could make a nice, reasonable six-figure salary, but $50,000 a month? You don’t get that salary,” Kelley Carter, a senior culture writer for the Undefeated, said in the doc.
Coach Shah himself joked in the casting tape, “My wife’s shopping habits can be in it of themselves a daily source of my drama.”
Shah’s former designer Koa Johnson alleged that much of what she showed on “RHOSLC” – jewelry, fur coats and cars – were all borrowed or leased.
Shah’s fans, co-stars, and even Andy Cohen, have questioned how Shah can afford her lavish lifestyle.
A possible answer emerged last March, when the reality star was arrested by the feds for allegedly ripping off hundreds of victims — many who were elderly — in a telemarketing scam.
The Real Housewife — who portrayed herself as a savvy businesswoman — allegedly encouraged victims to invest in dubious online projects and bogus business services between 2012 and 2021, according to an indictment, which ID’d Shah as one of the ringleaders.
“Shah and [her assistant Stuart] Smith flaunted their lavish lifestyle to the public as a symbol of their ‘success,’” said Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent-in-Charge Peter Fitzhugh in a release after her arrest in March.
“In reality, they allegedly built their opulent lifestyle at the expense of vulnerable, often elderly, working-class people.”
She pleaded not guilty to the charges in April. However, Smith recently pleaded guilty to the three charges against him including conspiracy to commit wire fraud, money laundering and obstructing an official proceeding. His sentencing is set for March 3, 2022.
Before her arrest, Shah star told Page Six in January that she was getting involved in a “new entrepreneur program for women.”
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