Andy Cohen expressed his pain and disbelief after Jen Shah’s arrest.
The reality porter and “Radio Andy” host returned to his SiriusXM show on Monday, the first time Cohen returned to the air following news of the arrest of the “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” star on March 31 by federal charges of conspiracy to commit a cable. fraud in connection with an alleged telemarketing scam and conspiracy to commit money laundering, and while Cohen did not voluntarily jump on the topic, it was a caller that prompted him to break his silence.
“Oy vey,” breathed Cohen, 52, before exposing his disappointment.
“I’m waiting to see how it unfolds,” said the “Watch What Happens Live” host. “I have nothing to add to what we already know, other than that I certainly hope and pray that none of this is true.”
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Shah, 47, and his first assistant, Stuart Smith, 43, pleaded not guilty in federal court Friday to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with telemarketing and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. .
During the arraignment, much of the conversation centered on the amount of Shah’s bail and the judge presiding over the matter agreed with the government’s request to set a strict $ 1 million bail guaranteed with cash or property. , a request that Shah’s lawyers deemed excessive.
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Prosecutors also suggested that Shah is hiding assets and that she and Smith controlled a Shell company that had at least $ 5 million from the fraud.
“He has not shown a willingness to disclose his assets,” said Assistant United States Attorney Kiersten Fletcher.
In a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York this week, Shah and Smith are charged with victimizing 10 or more people age 55 and older in a telemarketing scheme, a Penalty for the charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. in relation to telemarketing carries a maximum penalty of 30 years. Shah’s second count of conspiracy to commit money laundering carries a maximum sentence of 20 years.
“Jennifer Shah, who portrays herself as a wealthy and successful businesswoman on reality TV, and Stuart Smith, who is portrayed as Shah’s ‘first assistant,’ reportedly generated and sold ‘lead lists’ of innocent individuals for other members of his scheme to repeatedly swindle, “alleged Manhattan federal prosecutor Audrey Strauss in a statement early last week.
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Shah is in the main cast of Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City,” which completed its first season in February.
According to her Bravo bio, Shah “is the queen of her house and her businesses as CEO of three marketing companies.”
During the “Housewives” meeting, the Bravo bigwig asked Shah about his business.
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“My background is in direct response marketing for about 20 years, so our company does advertise,” he said at the time. “We have a platform that helps people acquire customers, so when you buy online or on the Internet, and something comes up, we have the algorithm behind why that ad serves you.”
Shah maintained that their businesses require extensive moving parts to keep running, adding from his many assistants: “I need a lot of help, you know? They all do different things,” Shah explained.
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“I run many different companies and businesses, and many of them have different roles in companies.”
The Bravo reality star faces a maximum of 50 years in prison if convicted of all charges.
Marta Dhanis, Melissa Roberto, and Fox News’ Associated Press contributed to this report.