Jen Shah hits swanky NYC restaurant to CELEBRATE shorter-than-expected 6 and ... trends now
Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star Jen Shah celebrated her shorter-than-expected prison sentence for wire fraud with a dinner party at pricey Italian restaurant Valbella at the Park in New York City on Friday.
Shah, a mother-of-two, who was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in federal prison for allegedly running a nationwide telemarketing scheme that targeted mainly elderly individuals, dined and drank with a group of 20 others on the establishment's second floor.
It is unclear if Shah's husband or fellow cast members were present.
A spokesperson for Valbella declined to comment on the matter, but the convicted fraudster was reportedly accompanied by her security guard and had two people standing around her table to block anyone from taking photos reports Page Six.
Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star, Jen Shah, celebrated her shorter-than-expected prison sentence for wire fraud with a dinner party. She is pictured leaving Manhattan federal court
Shah had been sentenced to six-and-a-half years in federal prison earlier that day for running nationwide telemarketing scheme that targeted thousands of people
Shah dined along with 20 others at a dinner party at Italian restaurant Valbella at the Park in New York City on Friday night
Shah is scheduled to surrender on February 17 having been sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison for running a years-long telemarketing scheme that prosecutors say targeted the elderly and vulnerable, stripping them of their savings and maxing out their credit cards.
Shah, 49, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud in July in a dramatic defense U-Turn. She will serve her term at a facility in Texas.
Shah was supported in court by her husband, their two sons, other relatives - and her therapist.
She wore a smart, beige outfit but had ditched the designer bags and jewelry she was known for on the Bravo TV show.
Her attorney, Priya Chaudhry, begged for mercy on her behalf, saying she would 'never forgive herself' for what she'd done.
Shah herself sobbed as she read a statement to the court, claiming her reality TV persona was nothing more than an act. She vowed to raise $6.5million in restitution to make victims' whole, and said she intended to do so from prison.
Shah ignored questions as she left the courthouse, instead heading straight into a waiting SUV.
Shah and her husband Sharrieff emerge from court on Friday. She must report to the Bureau of Prisons on February 17
Real Housewives star Jen Shah arrives in court to be sentenced on Friday for fraud
Jen Shah gripped her bodyguard's arm as she entered the courthouse on Friday morning
Reality TV star Jen Shah arrives at court in New York City to be sentenced for wire fraud
'You and the world know me as Jen Shah. But reality TV has nothing to do with reality, even my tagline, Shah-mazing - they wrote it. I want to speak about who I am.'
You and the world know me as Jen Shah. But reality TV has nothing to do with reality, even my tagline, Shah-mazing - they wrote it. I want to speak about who I am.
I stand before you as an immigrant from Tonga and Hawaii. The elderly command the most respect. I am the family matriarch.
The principles are humility and loyalty and respect. I have come to terms I have gone against these. I am sorry. My actions have hurt innocent people. I want to apologize by saying, I am doing all I can to earn the funds to pay restitution.
I would say each victim's name if I could. But Federal privacy laws prevent it.
I sold merchandise about this case through a third party vendor.
I will devote it to the victims. Thank you for reviewing my sensitive information.
Longstanding untreated mental issues caused me to create my own fractured reality.
This is a crucible moment for me. With the proper medication I can now see what happened. I wish I could have stood outside myself. I am sorry. I have found solace in my volunteer work, with anti racism organizations and the LGBT community.
To my baby Omar, Mommy is so sorry you were woken up at gunpoint. My late father, I want to tell him I am sorry. I am humbled by your love for me.
Thank you Judge Stein.
She claimed she had 'longstanding untreated mental issues' that caused her to 'create her own reality'.
But prosecutors showed no mercy, telling the court how Shah had once laughed about the fact that one of her victims had called the company in tears over the fact that she was losing all her money.
They read aloud a text Shah sent to one of her colleagues in which she said: 'Did you get her to stop crying?'
Shah and her colleagues fraudulently collated and then sold lead lists' to companies.
A person on such a list would then be lured into a never-ending payments or subscriptions service which they