RHOSLC's Jen Shah Snapped Leaving Court Following Arrest for Role in Alleged Telemarketing Fraud Scam
Jen Shah was arrested on Tuesday alongside her assistant, Stuart Smith, for allegedly targeting individuals in a nationwide scheme
Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star Jen Shah was photographed by reporters outside a Utah court on Tuesday after she was arrested and charged for her alleged involvement in a nationwide telemarketing scheme.
Shah, 47, could be seen sporting braids while wearing a fur coat, knee-high leopard print-boots and a mask when exiting Utah District Court in several photos shared to Twitter by KSTU Fox 13 reporter John Franchi.
Shah's attorney walked next to the Bravo star in the snaps, while a number of reporters and photographers could be seen walking behind and alongside the pair from a short distance.
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Shah and Stuart Smith, 43, one of her assistants who has also appeared on the reality show were both arrested on Tuesday. They have each been charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with telemarketing through which they allegedly victimized 10 or more persons over the age of 55, which carries a maximum sentence of 30 years, and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years.
A rep for Shah previously declined to comment when reached by PEOPLE. Smith could not immediately be reached for comment.
According to Franchi, Shah is set to appear virtually in a New York court from Utah on Wednesday at 2 p.m. but can let the court know that she would prefer to appear in-person at the NY courthouse. Her attorney did not challenge her role in the indictment, Franchi said.
News of Shah and Smiths' arrests came Tuesday from Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss.
"Jennifer Shah, who portrays herself as a wealthy and successful businessperson on 'reality' television, and Stuart Smith, who is portrayed as Shah's 'first assistant,' allegedly generated and sold 'lead lists' of innocent individuals for other members of their scheme to repeatedly scam," Strauss said in a press release.
"In actual reality and as alleged, 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," Strauss continued.
Shah and Smith allegedly carried out a nationwide telemarketing scheme with the help of others between 2012 and March of this year, according to the indictment. They have been accused of having "defrauded hundreds of victims" with purported business service.
Prosecutors claim Shah and Smith's scheme was a "coordinated effort to traffic in lists of potential victims," referred to as "leads." From there, they allegedly 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.
"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," Homeland Security Investigations special Agent-in-Charge Peter C. Fitzhugh said in a statement. "As a result, their new reality may very well turn out differently than they expected."
Shah's arrest occurred as she was filming season 2 of the hit Bravo series, a source told PEOPLE on Tuesday. She stars in the show alongside Heather Gay, Whitney Wild Rose, Lisa Barlow, Meredith Marks and Mary Cosby.
"The cast left for a trip to Vail on Tuesday, including Jen," said the source. "She was filming."
A spokesperson for Bravo declined to comment when reached by PEOPLE.