Jen Shah’s assistant Stuart Smith is pictured for first time after flipping on the RHOSLC star by changing his plea to GUILTY in $5m telemarketing scam
- Stuart Smith, 43, was pictured on Friday near his home in Utah
- The assistant of RHOSLC star Jen Shah initially plead not guilty in fraud trial
- He and Shah, 48, have been accused of orchestrating a $5m telemarketing scam
- Shah has denied any knowledge of the scheme, but Smith has now flipped
- He changed his plea to guilty in from a New York judge earlier this month
The assistant of the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star Jen Shah has been pictured for the first time since changing his plea to guilty in the fraud trial of their alleged $5m telemarketing scheme.
On Friday, Stuart Smith could be seen near his home inholding papers and what appeared to be an open beer bottle while dressed down in casual clothes.
The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star Jen, 48, has maintained her innocence in the fraud trial, and her assistant Stuart had initially plead not guilty over his alleged involvement in the scheme.
But earlier this month it was revealed that Stuart, 43, has now flipped his story, changing his plea to guilty during an appearance before Southern District of New York Judge Sidney H. Stein this month.
Pictured: Jen Shah’s assistant Stuart Smith is seen at his home after flipping on the RHOSLC star by changing his plea to GUILTY in $5m telemarketing scam
According to a report from PEOPLE at the time, Stuart has now been released on bail with his sentencing has been set for March 3.
Judge Stein stated that the maximum combined sentence for the three charges is 70 years in prison.
Per the report, he was arrested and charged in March with the following charges: one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with telemarketing, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and one count of obstructing an official proceeding.
First sighting: On Friday, Stuart Smith could be seen near his home in Utah holding papers and what appeared to be an open beer bottle while dressed down in casual clothes
Strong sentence: Smith could face up to 70 years jail time if convicted
Court documents allege that he victimized 10 or more persons over the age of 55 in the elaborate scam.
According to PEOPLE, Smith read out a statement where he admitted to his crimes involving various telemarketing companies that he worked for or helped create between 2008 and 2021.
His statement began: ‘I knowingly and intentionally discussed and engaged with other individuals to develop a plan or operation to obtain money by false representation by offering and inducing individuals, many of whom were over 50 years of age or older, to provide money to entities that I and others were involved with.’
Woes: Jen Shah – pictured on the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City – has always denied any knowledge of the alleged scheme
Smith continued saying that he ‘became aware that these telemarketing companies were misleading customers of those entities by selling individuals, many of them who were older than 50 years of age, information that purported to be services to enhance their business opportunities.’
He added: ‘The services sold were of no value and of no real benefit to the customer.’
In July, both Shah and Smith were placed by federal agents into a group of suspects with ‘greater culpability’ in the scheme.
Coming clean: Shah’s assistant (pictured above with her on the show) has admitted to knowingly defrauding elderly people in an elaborate telemarketing scam
TMZ reported at the time that the duo and four others were moved into the US Attorney’s ‘Tier A’ category for the alleged crimes targeting elderly people, accusing Shah of ‘orchestrating’ the scam.
This week, Shah said she spent around $50,000 a month in an audition tape for the Bravo series featured in the new Hulu documentary.
‘I probably spend at least 50 grand a month,’ Shah said in the clip, in which she opened up on the details of her luxe lifestyle, which included footage of her family traveling on a private jet.
‘We live in a gated community,’ Shah said. ‘There are like 20 pieces of luggage when we travel and like maybe 17 of them are mine.’
Pictured: RHOSLC star Jen Shah’s assistant Stuart Smith (above) has changed his plea to GUILTY in $5m telemarketing scam… and could now face 70 YEARS jail time
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